Manchester United came from two goals down to rescue a dramatic 2-2 draw against Burnley thanks to Jesse Lingard’s double, while Tottenham striker Harry Kane shattered a Premier League record with a hat-trick in a 5-2 rout of Southampton on Tuesday.
With Manchester City not in action until Wednesday’s trip to Newcastle, United are now 12 points behind the runaway leaders.
Ashley Barnes gave Burnley the perfect start in the third minute when he poked home from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s free-kick.
Burnley hadn’t won at Old Trafford since 1962, four months before United coach Jose Mourinho was born, but they scored again in the 36th minute.
Belgian midfielder Steven Defour administered the knockout blow, bending a superb free-kick into the top corner.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, making his first league start since April after a major knee injury, was hauled off at half-time and his replacement Lingard gave United hope with a sublime back-flicked finish from Ashley Young’s cross in the 53rd minute.
And Lingard finished as United’s hero when he fired into the bottom corner in the first minute of stoppage-time.
Despite that leveller, it was still a frustrating result at the end of a painful December for United, who had suffered a crucial home loss against Manchester City, crashed out of the League Cup at second tier Bristol City and conceded a last-minute equaliser at 10-man Leicester.
“The end product of so much dominance, two goals, is a miserable number,” Mourinho said.
“The boys fought against the 2-0, so nothing negative to say about them. I praise their spirit. We should have won.”
At Wembley, Kane established a new record for the most Premier League goals in a year and will finish as Europe’s leading scorer for 2017.
Kane’s 22nd-minute header was his 37th goal of the year, moving him past Alan Shearer’s previous Premier League record, which was set when he played for Blackburn in 1995.
But Kane wasn’t happy to settle for that milestone and he scored twice more to claim his eighth treble of the year.
His second goal took him to 55 for club and country in 2017 — lifting him above Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to become Europe’s top-scorer over the last 12 months in the five major countries (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France).
“It has been a fantastic year. To get compared to those players, the Messis and Shearers, is what it is all about. Hopefully 2018 is even better,” Kane said.
Kane’s heroics were the highlight of a memorable Boxing Day for Tottenham as Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min also got on the scoresheet.
– Liverpool run riot –
Liverpool retained their grip on fourth place as Philippe Coutinho’s gem inspired a 5-0 demolition of bottom club Swansea.
Coutinho produced a majestic strike to put Liverpool ahead from the edge of the area in the sixth minute.
First published in AFP