Manchester United beat 1-0 at Fulham through a late Wayne Rooney goal as Alex Ferguson's side went 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Sunderland have been knocked from the FA Cup by second-tier Bolton Wanderers after losing their third-round replay with a score of 2-0.
Fulham winger Alex Kacaniklic sealed a 2-1 Premier League win at high-flying West Bromwich Albion to end a sorry run of results for the Londoners.
Clint Dempsey scored his 22nd goal of the season for Fulham to clinch a 1-1 draw against Chelsea and prevent its rival from climbing.
England striker Wayne Rooney has kept Manchester United's title bid on track after scoring the winner during the match against Fulham at Old Trafford.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that a Christmas programme featuring games against struggling Wolves, QPR and Fulham could define the club's season.
Manchester United managed the rare feat this season of outshining Manchester City's prowess to keep the heat on in the Premier League title race.
Blackburn remains rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after Bobby Zamora's equaliser gave Fulham a 1-1 draw against Rovers.
Sir Alex Ferguson conceded Manchester United could live to regret their frustrating 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Wayne Rooney scored on his return from injury as champions Manchester United crushed Fulham 3-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Bolton rallied to beat Sunderland 4-1 on Saturday and heap more pressure on manager Roy Keane as he took charge of the team for the 100th time.