Manchester United FC missed out on the chance to begin the new year on top of the Premier League after suffering a shock 3-2 defeat at home against lowly Blackburn Rovers FC.
Sir Alex Ferguson turned 70 today but it was a birthday the United manager will want to forget after witnessing his side rally from 2-0 down only to lose to Grant Hanley's late winner. Ayegbeni Yakubu converted a 16th-minute penalty before bustling his way into the area to fire through David De Gea's legs early in the second half. Dimitar Berbatov (52, 62) brought the hosts level only but Hanley took advantage of De Gea's flap at a corner (80) to stun the English champions.
United remain level on points with Manchester City FC, who are hoping to move clear after facing Sunderland AFC on Sunday. It was also a disappointing day for Chelsea FC, who lost 3-1 against Aston Villa FC despite taking the lead through Didier Drogba's penalty (23). Second-half goals by Stephen Ireland, Stilyan Petrov and Darren Bent condemned André Villas-Boas's side to their fifth league defeat of the campaign.
Arsenal FC moved two points clear of the Blues into fourth place as Robin van Persie's 35th league goal of 2011 secured a 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers FC and lifted the Gunners to within three points of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC, held 1-1 at Swansea City AFC. Norwich City FC and Bolton Wanderers FC shared the same scoreline against Fulham FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC respectively, while Stoke City FC and Wigan Athletic FC drew 2-2.
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|Last updated: 27/02/2012 12:08 CET|
Drogba 23 (penalty)
Van Persie 60
S. Fletcher 49
Berbatov 52, 62
Agger 25 (o.g.)
|1||Manchester City FC||18||45|
|2||Manchester United FC||19||45|
|3||Tottenham Hotspur FC||18||39|
|7||Newcastle United FC||19||30|
|8||Stoke City FC||19||26|
|9||Aston Villa FC||19||23|
|10||Norwich City FC||19||22|
|11||West Bromwich Albion FC||18||22|
|14||Swansea City AFC||19||20|
|16||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||19||17|
|17||Queens Park Rangers FC||19||17|
|18||Wigan Athletic FC||19||15|
|19||Blackburn Rovers FC||19||14|
|20||Bolton Wanderers FC||19||13|