By Harry Siddall
After the week-long winter break, the Premier League returned with a host of midweek fixtures which changed the picture at the top and bottom of the table.
Here is your comprehensive round-up of what happened on Tuesday evening:
Manchester United drop more points amidst VAR controversy
Ralph Rangnick’s Manchester United dropped to fifth place in the Premier League after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.
Following a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough, United were looking to improve the mood around the club with a convincing victory against the team bottom of the table.
The Red Devils dominated the first half. Summer signing Raphael Varane thought he had given his side the lead inside 15 minutes when he rose to meet Bruno Fernandes’ whipped cross. However, VAR official Stuart Atwell pulled it back and disallowed the goal for an offside against Harry Maguire, who blocked the run of Jay Rodriguez.
There was no doubting Paul Pogba’s strike just minutes later. Some great work by Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw down the left set-up the Frenchman to hammer home the opener.
United failed to make further opportunities count and Burnley’s Wout Weghorst proved his worth, producing a stunning turn and pass to set up Rodriguez to equalise.
A draw means Burnley remain bottom of the Premier League, although they have two games in hand on the teams above.
Zouma booed as Moyes starts under-fire defender
Kurt Zouma was the centre of attention when West Ham hosted Watford last night. The French defender was audibly booed by sections of the crowd after a video emerged earlier in the day of Zouma kicking and hitting his cat.
David Moyes faced huge criticism for starting the defender, who has since apologised, with the manager confirming after the game that the video did not impact his decision-making process when picking his team to face the Hornets.
The Hammers moved into the top four courtesy of Jarrod Bowen’s lone strike deep into the second half, overtaking Manchester United in the race for a Champions League spot.
Trippier shines in vital Newcastle victory
Eddie Howe’s Magpies earned a crucial three points at St James’ Park, condemning Frank Lampard to his first defeat as Everton boss.
In a frantic 90 minutes, it was the visitors who took the lead. Mason Holgate’s header was blocked off the line by Matt Targett and unfortunately deflected into his own goal by Jamal Lascelles.
Moments later, it was the same two players involved in Newcastle’s equaliser. Kieran Trippier’s corner kick was powered off the crossbar by Lascelles and deflected in by Holgate.
Newcastle took the game away from Everton in the second half, with Ryan Fraser and Kieran Trippier adding the goals.
The win moves the Northeast outfit out of the relegation zone and into 17th.