Second-placed United's second consecutive 2-2 draw left them 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, who play Newcastle United on Wednesday. United's result allowed Chelsea to close to within a point of Jose Mourinho's side with a laboured 2-0 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Jose Mourinho isn't happy with the goals Manchester United are conceding. pic.twitter.com/mvdlBS3LhR— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 27, 2017
There was no doubt who the spotlight was on though as England striker Kane eclipsed Alan Shearer's record 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, taking his tally to 39 in 2017. He is also the Premier League's leading scorer this season with 18, having won the Golden Boot for the past two seasons. Two close-range efforts and a superb dinked finish from fellow goalscorer Dele Alli's pass took his tally in all competitions in the calendar year for club and country to 56, lifting him ahead of Lionel Messi who hit 54 for Barcelona and Argentina in the past 12 months.
5️⃣ goals 3️⃣ points ?? pic.twitter.com/m3HxtVZsTC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 26, 2017
A fierce relegation battle on the south coast led to Bournemouth snatching a point at the death with a 3-3 draw against West Ham United - Callum Wilson's controversial goal denying the visitors a victory. Wilson's effort, after Marko Arnautovic's two late goals had turned the game on its head to give West Ham a 3-2 lead, was initially disallowed for offside but was deemed legal by referee Bobby Madley. "The mistake was the referee went to the linesman. He knows he made a mistake, but we all make mistakes," Arnautovic said. The result left Bournemouth third from bottom, a point and a place below West Ham. Watford snapped a four-game losing streak as they came back to beat Leicester City 2-1 thanks to an own goal by Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel. Huddersfield drew 1-1 at home to Stoke City and second-bottom West Bromwich Albion did little to ease their relegation fears with a 0-0 draw at home to Everton.
A special message from Antonio Conte in his post-match press conference this afternoon! ?? pic.twitter.com/VIhEhLVCFi— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 26, 2017
"When you speak about responsibilities to win the #PremierLeague, Tottenham doesn't have that because they aren't a club with the same history as us. "Arsenal and Chelsea don't have the responsibility to win it." Jose Mourinho isn't holding back ?https://t.co/jt6X5PqjMt pic.twitter.com/tywdswu2QA— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 26, 2017