Well the world hasn't quite ended as the Mayans predicted, but it almost has for Mario Balotelli after last weekend's Derby, but more of that later. Lots of soul searching from the blue half of Manchester as they are now 6 points behind, but it is still only December! This weekend we play Sunderland whilst they travel to Newcastle, so in theory the gap could widen still further, and Chelsea are stuck in the meaningless World Club Championship on the other side of the world - which plays into our hands as well. All that remains is for us to take advantage of it.
Arsenal 2 West Brom 0
Suddenly West Brom can't win a game, though with the blatant diving of Santi Cazorla its difficult for anyone to win at the Emirates. Arsenal's Christmas spirit was well and truly taken away by Bradford last night as the Bantams almost beat them in normal time in the Capital One Cup, then went on to beat them on penalties as Chamakh and Vermaelen both struck the woodwork. Wenger under pressure? Let's hope not because the longer he stays at Arsenal the less of a threat they will become.
Aston Villa 0 Stoke 0
Villa concentrating on the Capital One Cup, though I suspect they won't be too upset with this point, and neither will Stoke.
Southampton 1 Reading 0
Massive win for the Saints and a massive defeat for the Royals. When you beat a relegation rival, even at this stage of the season, its a definite six pointer.
Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3
Torres is back, Chelsea will win the league! Just the ten points to make up lads - best of luck. Martin O'Neill claims his job is safe as he is the only man for the job, the sort of arrogance that could well come back to haunt him.
Swansea 3 Norwich 4
The impressive Swansea didn't show in the first half, but came back with a vengeance. The equally impressive Canaries stuck to their guns and held on for a crucial win.
Wigan 2 QPR 2
An away point for QPR would normally be welcome, but they had chances to win this. 'Arry remains unbeaten but Rangers remain bottom! Wigan stuttering a little but still picking up enough points to see them safe.
West Ham 2 Liverpool 3
Topsy turvy game that saw Liverpool come out on top, and West Ham can consider themselves unlucky. Liverpool have crept into the top half of the table. They may stay there - but can't see them challenging the top six.
Everton 2 Tottenham 1
Apparently Spurs have a reputation for throwing away games late on, and this was no exception. Two late strikes gave the Toffees what appears to be a well deserved three points. They move onwards and upwards, whilst there are just a few rumblings about AVB's job.
Man City 2 Man United 3
How can ANYONE say United didn't deserve the late winner? If it wasn't for the linesman it would have been 3-0 and game over. Balotelli was predictably slaughtered for his contribution after he was subbed, but I can understand Mancini picking him as he was outstanding at OT last season. The player I would slaughter is Nasri, who totally abdicated his responsibility by hiding behind Dzeko in the wall, and actually causing the deflection that took the ball past a helpless Hart. I'm not going to criticise City fans in particular for throwing coins - unfortunately all fans are prone to do that in such an emotionally charged atmosphere - and its up to the clubs to sort it out with better cctv that can identify the culprits. What should have been stamped on was the fan that got onto the pitch. That can only be down to City and their dubious stewarding. So, just when you thought City were going to usurp United's reputation for being kings of the late comeback, RVP - welcome to Manchester!
Fulham 2 Newcastle 1
The brief respite for Pardew is over after this defeat, although Newcastle played well. Fulham stopped a long winless streak, and with their quality I expect them to go on a bit of a run.
Sunderland 3 Reading 0
A result that apparently didn't flatter Sunderland, but which is a real blow to Reading. O'Neill is not out of the woods by a long way, and I expect Reading to continue their freefall.
Finally, congratulations to Messi for breaking Gerd Muller's 40 year old record for the most number of goals in a calendar year. As I write this he has added another two for Barca against Cordoba in the Copa Del Rey. A record that may never be beaten, unless Ronaldo signs for Altrincham.