The pressure increased on Manchester United manager David Moyes on Saturday as the Premier league champion went down 1-0 at home to Newcastle United.
Robin van Persie returned to the United side, but could not find the net as United remain 12 points behind leader Arsenal, which plays Everton on Sunday.
“I’m disappointed with the result,” said Moyes. “I think we needed a bit of luck to go for us and opportunities to take them a bit better for us and that didn’t happen. We have to create more chances and more opportunities and play better.”
It was the first time United has lost successive home games since 2002, and Newcastle’s first win at Old Trafford since 1972.
Yohan Cabaye got the only goal of the game, after 61 minutes, converting neatly after Moussa Sissoko had crossed from the right.
Chelsea suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Stoke City. Andre Schuerrle put Chelsea ahead after nine minutes, picking up on Mikel John Obi’s pass and beating Ryan Shawcross before scoring, but Jose Mourinho’s side again conceded from a corner, Peter Crouch levelling three minutes before the break.
Stephen Ireland put Stoke ahead with a 50th-minute free-kick, but three minutes later Schuerrle got his second, smashing in a left-foot volley.
But in the final seconds, Oussama Asaidi cut infield to nick a winner for Stoke with his first Premier League goal.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted the defence is a concern. “Individual mistakes kill a team and the way we work,” he said. “We had dozens of situations when we won the ball back... but we didn’t kill the game. We gave life to an opponent who was in big trouble. In the second half, it was less football - push here, pull there, yellow card, free-kick.”
Manchester City’s indifferent away form continued as it drew 1-1 at Southampton. Sergio Aguero’s first-time finish from Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross put City ahead after 10 minutes, but Dani Osvaldo equalized with a brilliant 42nd-minute curler.
Liverpool went second with a comfortable 4-1 victory over West Ham United. Guy Demel’s 42nd-minute own-goal gave Liverpool the lead and Mamadou Sakho added a second early in the second half.
Martin Skrtel stabbed into his own net to give West Ham a lifeline after 66 minutes, but Luis Suarez headed in to make it 3-1 with nine minutes remaining.
Kevin Nolan was then sent off for scraping his studs down the back of Jordan Henderson’s calf, and Suarez then added a fourth thanks to a huge deflection off Joey O’Brien.
Tottenham won its second successive game, coming from behind to beat bottom club Sunderland 2-1.
Crystal Palace won its second game in a row under Tony Pulis, beating Cardiff City 2-0 to climb to third bottom, level on points with safety.
Norwich climbed to thirteenth with a 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.