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Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Goodbye!

    Peep, peep, peep! The final whistle has been blown - and Messrs Lineker, Shearer and Murphy are heading back to the MOTD dressing room.

    I've no idea whether those three will enjoy a celebratory post-match nightcap - but jubilant Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe might well do so. Night everybody!

  2. Bottom half

    Premier League table

    At the bottom, Sunderland remain in the relegation zone after Watford's win at the Stadium of Light.

    It is onwards and upwards for Bournemouth though who are up to 14th after back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Manchester United.

    Premier League table
  3. Top of the tree

    Premier League table


    So what's the state of play after that little lot? Well, Manchester City are back on top - for 24 hours at least - while Tottenham could leapfrog beaten Manchester United into the top four.

    And, Crystal Palace and Watford fans, keep pinching yourself. You're well in the European qualification mixer.

  4. Player reaction

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

  5. Man of the match

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    Shawcross? Butland? Antonio? Each had a good shout of nabbing the prestigious BBC Sport website's man-of-the-match prize. (That's the first thing Premier League footballers look out for after a game these days.) 

    And the winner is...drum roll please...Jack Butland! Here why our reporter Caroline Chapman plumped for the Stoke keeper: "Michail Antonio looked decent for West Ham, but the plaudits go to Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland for keeping his seventh clean sheet of the season."

  6. Manager reaction - Hughes

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    Along with Bilic, Stoke manager Mark Hughes is right up there in the Premier-League-managers-who-you-wouldn't want-to-cross-in-a-bad-mood table. Thankfully, the Welshman is happy - and that was even before the Euro 2016 draw.

    "We're reasonably pleased with the draw," he says, referring to the point at the Boleyn Ground and not his nation being pitted against England next summer (obviously).

    "I thought we defended really well. Both teams will be comfortable with the point. That's something we can build on.

    "[The clean sheet record] is a base and platform to build on. West Ham are a good team and as the home side we knew it was a test for us."

  7. Manager reaction - Bilic

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    Baggy eyes, five o'clock shadow, gloomy demeanour. The expression of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic rarely changes win, lose or draw. But, despite looking otherwise, the Croatian is feeling rather upbeat.

    "Both teams defended well. We hit the post twice and they did once. I'm not happy with the result but it was a fair result," he said.

    "Considering the effort we put in I can't be unhappy with my team.

    "I can't be happier with our spirit and togetherness and resilience and, at times, our quality."

  8. Get Involved

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    Romelu Lukaku

    They are absolute beauts though aren't they?

    Like a Hollywood A-lister's after a couple of thousand pounds worth of tweak and polish.

  9. Shawcross solidifies Stoke

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

  10. Post update

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    Crash! Thwack! Wallop! The match might have been goalless but it finished 1-1 in the rattling-the-woodwork score. And 34 attempts at goal between the two sides. Definitely worth waiting up for....

  11. Attacks blunted

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    Home striker Andy Carroll (left) did not even had a touch in the Stoke penalty area in that first half, instead being frustrated by the close attentions of Ryan Shawcross.

    And Stoke's Bojan - nominally their 'centre-forward' with Marko Arnautovic on the left and Ibrahim Afellay on the right - only touched the ball once in the opposition box.

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

      Let's see if that improves after the break....  

  12. Stoke starting XI

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    West Ham v Stoke

    Big blow for Stoke. Xherdan Shaqiri, or the 'Alpine Messi' as he is known to almost no-one outside of his native Switzerland, is out through illness. That means Marco van Ginkel steps up from the bench.

  13. West Ham starting XI

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    West Ham are forced to make two changes with centre-back Winston Reid and winger Victor Moses out injured. Wales international James Collins and summer signing Michail Antonio come into the starting line-up.

    The Hammers splashed out a whopping £7m for former Nottingham Forest striker Antonio remember. Time to repay a chunk of that cash splurge?

  14. Next up...

    West Ham 0-0 Stoke

    The end is nigh I'm afraid, football fans. West Ham v Stoke is our final game. Sobs...

  15. Player reaction

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

  16. Manager reaction - Martinez

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "Football can be cruel at times and it was today. There is considerable frustration when you create so many chances and you don't get the second goal.

    "You end up having something to lose. Norwich could have been out of the game at half-time but we gave them a little bit of hope.

    "Then the belief and momentum goes into them with the goal."

  17. Manager reaction - Neil

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    Norwich manager Alex Neil: "If we perform like we did in the second half then we will be fine.

    "We had a good discussion in terms of what's acceptable and all the questions I posed to them at half-time they came out and answered.

    "Tactically nothing changed. All that changed in the second half was the way we went about our business."

  18. Hoo's the man of the match?

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    Any ideas from our teasing headline? Correct! Wes Hoolahan was picked out as the star performer by BBC Sport's Neil Johnston, who said the Norwich goalscorer capped "a terrific second-half performance with a scrappy, yet vital, equaliser".

    Hoolahan has been involved in more Premier League goals this season (seven – two goals, five assists) than any other Norwich player.

    Norwich 1-1 Everton
  19. Made to pay

    Norwich 1-1 Everton


    As the graph above illustrates, Everton used the right flank to attack Norwich during a one-sided first half but a failure to convert their chances eventually cost them all three points as they struggled to have the same impact after half-time (see graph below) as Norwich came back strongly.

  20. Get Involved

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

  21. 'A game of two halves'

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    *Football cliche klaxon*

    Today's match really was a game of two halves. Shearer told me earlier in the MOTD production office that Everton could have been 5-0 up at half-time!

  22. Look away now Cameron...

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    Cameron Jerome, I'm sorry. I really am. 

    But not only have we just watched your awful miss on MOTD, we're also going to look at it again in graphical form. It's the punters - they just love a bit of schadenfreude.

    How on earth did Jerome fail to score?

    Lovely play in the build-up all goes to waste. And yes, he really was that close when he fired over the bar.

  23. Post update

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    Oooh, the natives weren't happy. Norwich fans let off some steam by booing their side in the first half. Everton tore them apart at times, having seven shots compared to Norwich's two (and neither were on target).

  24. Post update

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

  25. Tough up north

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    It was raining, it was cold but that did not stop this brave Everton fan inside Carrow Road from turning up in a Christmas hat...and swimming trunks.

  26. Everton starting XI

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    Norwich v Everton

    The big news from the Everton dressing room is that England left-back Leighton Baines starts a Premier League game for the first time this season.

    Good to see indie kid Bainesy is still rocking out the Alex Turner-style haircut. I bet he looks good on the dancefloor...

  27. Norwich starting XI

    Norwich 1-1 Everton


    Norwich manager Alex Neil makes four changes to the side that started the 2-0 defeat at Watford on 5 December. In come defender Russell Martin, midfielders Gary O'Neil and Wes Hoolahan, and forward Cameron Jerome.

  28. Next up...

    Norwich 1-1 Everton

    And then there were two. Our penultimate match? Norwich v Everton....

  29. Player reaction

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

  30. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Sam Allardyce asks where he can buy a Premier League striker who scores goals. Well if he doesn't know, then how are we meant to? Maybe Super Kevin Phillips could still do a job? Or that Italian lad Manolo Gabbiadini - isn't he related to Marco?? (He's not...)

  31. Get Involved

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford


  32. Get Involved

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

  33. Gomes saves Watford

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes

    Who was man of the match at the Stadium of Light? Just ask Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who was denied an equaliser by Heurelho Gomes's finger-tips. 

    That was the pick of a bunch of top stops of by the Brazilian goalkeeper and BBC Sport's Chris Bevan picked him as his star performer, saying: "He was a spectator in the first half but made several key saves after the break."

    Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes embraces Jermain Defoe
  34. We showed we can fight - Flores

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Watford head coach Quique Flores: "We started really well and for the first 25 minutes we did well with the ball and created several chances. 

    "Towards the end we had to defend well and we showed everyone that we can fight too. 

    "It was very satisfying to see - everyone has talked a lot about the strikers but what we do when we don't have the ball is important too."

    Watford head coach Quique Flores
  35. Back in the pressure pot - Allardyce

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce: "It was just the beginning of the game that was the poor bit but, because of that, we lost a game we shouldn't have done. Some of the chances we created and missed in the second half were a big problem for us. 

    "I look at the chances in the last 15 or 20 minutes and I am a little bit dumbfounded why we haven't at least got one point on the board. 

    "If we had won it would have made such a huge difference but now we are back in the pressure pot which is really disappointing with the games we have coming up."

    The Black Cats stay 19th in the table and face Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool in their next three games.

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
  36. Big Sam's big plan is foiled

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Watford head coach Quique Flores said afterwards that his team showed they could fight, and their victory was certainly a battle.

    The Hornets faced a typical Sam Allardyce-style onslaught of ball after ball hoisted into their box in the second half but coped pretty well with Big Sam's big plan.

    Sunderland fired in 24 crosses from open play or corners, after the break, but only four of them found a team-mate.

    Sunderland's second half crosses
  37. Let it snow, let it snow etc.

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Some very festive weather on Tyneside ahead of kick-off for this one.

    Time to hit the hosiery department for gloves and tights...

  38. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce had seen enough from his team after just 20 minutes. DeAndre Yedlin suffered the ignominy of being hooked as Big Sam had a rejig. He only had eight touches - and three were with his hands at throw-ins... 

  39. MOTD is a Belieber

    A trail for MOTD2 was soundtracked by one high-pitched controversy magnet of a Canadian.

    Fair to say it split opinion.

    Here are some of the more polite responses...

  40. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Sunderland were caught cold. But Odion Ighalo is red-hot.

    It took Ighalo just four minutes to score his 10th goal of the season and his 26th in 2015 - more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football.  

  41. Watford's starting XI

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Watford also make one change from the team that beat Norwich last week. Almen Abdi replaces Ikechi Anya in the Hornets midfield. 

    Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney, Jurado, Ighalo. 

    Subs: Arlauskis, Paredes, Guedioura, Berghuis, Anya, Diamanti, Oulare.   

    Watford XI
  42. Sunderland's starting XI

    Sunderland 0-1 Watford

    Sunderland make one change from the side that lost at Arsenal last week - Younes Kaboul is unwell so Billy Jones fills in at centre-half. 

    The Black Cats also have striker Jermain Defoe fit again after a hamstring problem - he is on the bench. 

    Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, Jones, O'Shea, Coates, van Aanholt, M'Vila, Toivonen, Borini, Fletcher, Watmore 

    Subs: Mannone, Rodwell, Johnson, Matthews, Lens, Defoe, Graham.

    Sunderland XI
  43. Next up...

    Let's head back up north. It's Sunderland v Watford. And the Stadium of Light looked f-f-freezing. Will the hosts be caught cold??

  44. Pardew heads for a drink

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    By the looks of it Pardew used a pub table as a platform for a little commemorative speech.

    Either that or his dance moves were about to get dusted off...

  45. 'Who's round is it? Pardew's....'

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    "These footballers - they earn too much money, they lead pampered lives. They're out of touch with the rest of society!" We've all heard those rants.

    Well, today Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has shown he is still on the same level as the punters. Pards celebrated his side's win by heading down to the boozer for a post-match pint.

    Pardew and assistant Keith Millen were propping up the bar (possibly) in the Whitehorse Pub to celebrate the 10th anniversary of fans group, the Holmesdale Fanatics (definitely).

  46. Player reaction

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

  47. Manager reaction - Koeman

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Managers often talk about not getting too excited after a victory and not too despondent after a defeat. And Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is evidence of that today. The Dutchman manages a rueful grin as he dissects his side's fourth defeat in five games.

    "Of course I'm disappointed about the final result, but I'm not disappointed about the performance of the team," says Koeman.

    "The start was difficult and the wind was difficult to play our football. Maybe Palace had an advantage because they, in my opinion, play more direct than us. The second half we were the better team and had the better chances.

    "If Shane Long had scored at the end that was 1-1 and that would have been deserved result today. If we weren't creating chances then I'd be very worried."

  48. Manager reaction - Pardew

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew looks as smug as you would imagine after his side beat Southampton in a thrilling Premier League game.

    "We're exciting, we go forward, we commit players forward," said the Eagles boss.

    "First half, we were the better team and maybe we should have had two goals. The second half we started well, we didn't score and then had to work hard. Our spirit was great and we saw a midfield masterclass from Yohan Cabaye. 

    "Our goalie Wayne Hennessey made two world-class saves today - the one at the end was the most important. That was the only mistake we made in the whole game."

  49. Man of the match

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Yannick Bolasie or Yohan Cabaye? It's a tough one, but the DR Congo international gets the nod from our reporter Aimee Lewis. Why? For his "direct, powerful running and the perfect cross which presented Cabaye with a simple tap in for the match's solitary goal", says Aimee. So there.

    Yannick Bolasie
  50. Palace legend Mark feeling Bright

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

  51. Cabaye 'worth every penny'

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Palace boss Alan Pardew said Yohan Cabaye's performance this afternoon made him worth every penny of the £10m the Eagles paid for him. 

    This graphic, which illustrates where the Frenchman touched the ball in the match, shows that the midfielder was more ubiquitous than Christmas trees in December. 

    Cabaye's touches in the match
    Image caption: Cabaye's touches in the match
  52. Post update

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    BBC pundit John Hartson claimed he had not seen "a better save all season" than Hennessey's first-half one from Long. I reckoned he was bigging up his Welsh compatriot. Was it that good?? Tweet #motd....

  53. Hennessey's heroics

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Take a bow, Wayne Hennessey. The Welshman's injury-time stop prevented Shane Long from earning Southampton a late leveller - and it was his second outstanding save of the day. 

    He had already acrobatically reached out to his top right corner to tip away the same player's goal-bound header when the match was goalless.

    Palace's goalie ensured his team's only fourth clean sheet in 24 home league matches, as the hosts held on for a win that moves them level on points with Tottenham, who are fifth on goal difference.

    Wayne Hennessey save
    Image caption: Wayne Hennessey saves a Shane Long (number seven) shot in injury time
  54. Hardcore, you know the score

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    It is 10 years since a small group of Palace fans formed the club's hardcore group that is the basis for Selhurst Park's famed atmosphere.

  55. Half-time stats

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Palace have created the better chances - and therefore deserve their half-time lead. But the stats put a favourable spin on things for the Saints. 

    They have enjoyed more possession and actually had more attempts on goal. But Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey has only got his gloves dirty once - a wonderful stop from Shane Long when the game was still goalless. 

    It was still anyone's game as the players munched their half-time oranges...

    Palace 1-0 Southampton
  56. Three's a crowd?

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    As we suspected, our Saints formation (see below) was more ragged than cheap tinsel. Instead, our average position graphic of the Southampton team shows how Ronald Koeman decided to employ three centre-backs at Selhurst Park. None of these three fellas could pick up Yohan Cabaye's run for the opening goal though....

  57. Saints starting XI

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Crystal Palace

    Saints manager Ronald Koeman has been forced to ponder a few selection dilemmas. Firstly, he's without regular stopper Maarten Stekelenburg, who is being bothered by a toe injury. Top scorer Graziano Pelle (knee) is only fit enough for a spot on the bench, where he will be joined by attacking midfielder Dusan Tadic.

    Koeman makes four changes in total, with Paulo Gazzaniga, Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu and Shane Long all getting the nod.

  58. Palace starting XI

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

    Palace v Southampton

    The Palace team news is pretty simple. One change for Alan Pardew's men as winger Wilfried Zaha returns from suspension to start. Out goes central midfielder Mile Jedinak, who has an ankle injury. Forwards Dwight Gayle and Bakary Sako also miss out with knocks.   

  59. Next up

    Moving swiftly on....down to a gloomy South London where Crystal Palace host Southampton.

  60. Was Man City's win deserved?

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Manchester City might have won the game but Swansea chalked up 13 shots (right) to the hosts' 12 (left). 


    Signs of hope for the Swans? Gus Poyet is the favourite to replace Garry Monk apparently (with Dennis Bergkamp a left-field option at fourth-favourite). Thoughts, Swans fans?

  61. Man of the match

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Manchester City thought that Joe Hart was, ahem, head and shoulders above the rest. 

    That's perfectly understandable given he made seven important saves, but BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan has plumped for Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson for forcing Hart into action."Sigurdsson revelled in his role as an auxiliary striker and drawing several decent stops from Hart," he says.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson
  62. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    No holding back from Alan Shearer: "City looked tired and lazy. But it was about getting the three points."  

  63. Player reaction

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

  64. 'We showed we're a good team'

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Swansea caretaker boss Alan Curtis said he was disappointed by the result but thinks there is plenty for the incoming manager to work with.

    The former Wales international said: "We have been struggling with our form, but that's the standard we have to set between now and the end of the season.

    "We are disappointed but we can look back with a little bit of pride in the way the team performed. We have 100% belief that we can get out of trouble."

  65. We were awful - Hart

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart called it just about right. "It was a big win considering we were awful," he told BBC Sport. "I thought Swansea played really well considering the difficult circumstances. When we play well, I am a bit of a bystander so it was good for me to be involved."

  66. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Vincent Kompany and son
  67. Short-lived celebrations

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Bafetimbi Gomis is renowned for his, frankly, terrifying panther goal celebration. And after an 11-game goal drought he finally found his bite. But about three minutes later he and his Swansea pack had been tamed....

    Bafetimbi Gomis
  68. Lack of action in the box

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    At half-time you can see from this heat map that Manchester City were doing plenty of probing down the flanks but as for penetration in the penalty box? Well let's just say it was a little cold around those parts of the Etihad. 

    Man City heatmap
  69. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    It's an old chestnut, but Manchester City's less than packed home ground is being pointed out by rival fans.


    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    As far as first halves go, title hopefuls Manchester City are having a decent day at the office. Hogged possession, dominated territory, got a goal to show for it.

    Manchester City v Swansea

    But there are positives for Swansea, who have pinged only one shot on goal fewer than their hosts. 

  71. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Little celebration from a stony-faced Wilfried Bony. Where do we all stand on this?? I find it all a bit false, perhaps even patronising, to be honest. And does anyone actually get THAT angry at an old boy? (OK, OK, I'll admit it - I used to go nuts at Eric Cantona when he came back to Elland Road. But that was different...)

  72. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Tiki-taka in the pitter-patter of Mancunian rain.

  73. Bony finds his mojo

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Wilfried Bony loves this fixture - whatever colour of shirt he is wearing. The bulky Ivorian has scored five goals in the last four meetings between the two teams - three for Swansea and two for Manchester City. 

    Wilfried Bony

    Now he just has to pretend that every game is a Manchester City v Swansea fixture....

  74. Swansea starting XI

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Man City v Swansea

    Swans caretaker boss Alan Curtis makes three changes from the 3-0 home loss by Leicester - Garry Monk's last selection of course. Poor Garry. Any heartless soul out there not feel sorry for the fella?

    Anyway...Angel Rangel and Federico Fernandez replace Kyle Naughton and Kyle Bartley in defence. 

    Jack Cork comes into bolster midfield as striker Bafetimbi Gomis drops to the bench.That's the price Gomis has paid for an 11-game goal drought.... 

  75. Man City starting XI

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    Man City

    Woe for fantasy football managers up and down the land. Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is dropped to the bench by boss Manuel Pellegrini as Wilfried Bony starts up front. Winger Jesus Navas replaces Fabian Delph while right-back Bacary Sagna is in for Aleksandar Kolarov.  

  76. Post update

    Man City 2-1 Swansea

    On down. Five to go. Enjoying yourself so far? Good.

    Let's stay with the Manchester theme. It's City v Swansea....

  77. Prehistoric United?

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Gary Lineker

    MOTD presenter since 1999

    Quote Message: To me it seems that modern football is all about, fast passing, pressing and swift counter-attacking - everything that Manchester United are not. Is that fair?"
  78. Player reaction

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

  79. Player reaction

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

  80. Manager reaction - Van Gaal

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Any positives for Manchester United? Manager Louis van Gaal, a man who I saw this week described as someone who would wink at himself in the mirror, sees some.

    "The attitude of the players I liked," says the Dutchman. "But that is not the only important thing - you have to perform in a certain way.

    "It is always very disappointing when you are at the top of the table when you lose to a club at the bottom of the table."

  81. Manager reaction - Howe

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    What a week for Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe! But, predictably, his feet are firmly on the ground.

    "When the whistle went it was a nice feeling for about 10 seconds - then my mind went on to West Brom next week," he (I think) joked. "But it has been a great week.

    "We still believe we're strong enough. Hopefully the last few games is the proof.

    "We've looked at the last few games as turning points - we're looking at this run as hopefully something of a start for us."

  82. Headline makers

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    We'll have that on a sneaky 48-hour loan. On the way to the subs' desk already...

  83. Gross performance

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd


    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Simon Brotherton

    MOTD commentator at Vitality Stadium

    "The whole stadium is shaking!" 

  85. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Even ex-Cherries boss Harry Redknapp can't believe the home side failed to add a third goal.... 

  86. What might have been...

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    The trip to the south coast was not that sunny for David De Gea.

    Had his deadline day move to Real Madrid gone through he could be playing Villarreal tomorrow...

  87. Set-piece strife

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

  88. Pass to the Dutchie on the left-hand side

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United fans will find silver linings wherever they can in their team's performance.

    The performance of Memphis Depay might be one of them.

    The 21-year-old Dutchman, playing down the left, was United's best attacking outlet in the opening 25 minutes, setting up Marouane Fellaini's equaliser and running at right-back Adam Smith with pace and purpose.

    Action areas
  89. 'Are you Moyesy in disguise?'

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    This one has appeared a few times this season. But worth another look (unless you're a Manchester United fan).

  90. Dave of the Dead

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is philosophical on Twitter.

    One of those to reply channels cult film Shaun of the Dead, suggesting they hole up together in the local with a shotgun.

    Twitter exchange
  91. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    The graphic shows so little - but tells us so much. Junior Stanislas didn't need the help of his Bournemouth team-mates inside the Manchester United box. He did it all on his own! Although some fella called V.Strong-Wind could be credited with an assist...

  92. Stunning start

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Hope you haven't been dawdling in the kitchen - or you might have missed an early goal. Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas caught Manchester United napping...

  93. The kids are...alright?

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

  94. Man Utd team news

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd

    Manchester United

    Eighteen-year-old defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson starts for Manchester United, one of three changes from the side that started the defeat to Wolfsburg in the Champions League in midweek. Also in are midfielder Michael Carrick, who is captain, and defender Paddy McNair.

    Not much experience in that United backline. As someone once said, you don't win anything with kids...

  95. Bournemouth team news

    Bournemouth 2-1 Man Utd


    Bournemouth are, unsurprisingly, unchanged from the side that won at Chelsea last week, but they do but they welcome back three men to the bench - goalkeeper Adam Federici, defender Sylvain Distin who missed Chelsea through illness, and midfielder Marc Pugh.  

  96. Post update

    The most famous football theme tune on television has just hit its final note. Game on! First up is Bournemouth v Manchester United.... 

    Don't be shy in getting on your soapbox. In fact, we insist. Tweet #motd...

  97. Almost show-time

  98. MOTD team news

    Who's going to make the Match of the Day starting line-up? The all-important team news is in. 

    As usual, Gary Lineker starts in the middle, with support out wide from Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy.

    The programme starts at 22:20 on BBC One - and you can also watch the show in this page. Just press play.

  99. Tonight's running order

    • Bournemouth v Man Utd
    • Man City v Swansea
    • Crystal Palace v Southampton
    • Sunderland v Watford
    • Norwich v Everton
    • West Ham v Stoke
  100. Premier League scrooges

    OK, I'm going to be honest with you from the off. Today's Premier League defences have not been dishing out many early Christmas gifts to their opponents.

    But don't you dare take your eyes off this page. We've got a big shock (for the second week running), a dramatic winner to take one team to the top of the tree, and a 'midfield masterclass'.

    Here's the feast we're laying out for you...

  101. Post update

    Awkward chit-chat. Embarrassing dancing. The temptation to drink too much. All pitfalls of the office Christmas party. At least your boss isn't David Brent. Well, hopefully not.

    Tis the season to be jolly apparently. Well, I'm glad to see you've ditched the seasonal festivities tonight to join us instead. Work parties are overrated. 

    Rip open the packet of mince pies and warm up the mulled wine. We've got an 80-minute Premier League party to enjoy.

    The Office
  102. Post update

    Welcome to our live page for Match of the Day Social. We’ll have Match of the Day and live text coverage here from 22:10 GMT. You can keep up to date with all today’s games here.