27 Nov 2011

Uniteds draw at Old Trafford to hand City advantage

11:07 am on 27 November 2011

Manchester United have drawn 1-1 with visitors Newcastle United at Old Trafford, missing the chance to make significant inroads into Manchester City's lead at the top of English football's Premier League.

United led through Javier Hernandez's fortunate early second-half goal which ricocheted into him and into the goal from a deflection, but were pegged back by Demba Ba's controversial penalty which left Alex Ferguson's side four points behind City, who play at Liverpool on Monday.

Tottenham Hotspur, with a double from Emmanuel Adebayor, stayed third after coming from behind to win 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion while Chelsea emerged from their recent slump to give under-pressure manager Andre Villas-Boas a huge boost with a 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal moved up to sixth despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home by London rivals Fulham.

Franco Di Santo struck a last-gasp winner to lift Wigan Athletic off the bottom with a 2-1 victory at Sunderland, which pushed Blackburn into the basement after losing 3-1 at Stoke City in the lunchtime kickoff.