Sheffield United now face a rebuild in the Championship with the club in crisis on and off the field.
Premier League: Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood lead Manchester United comeback to beat Brighton; Spurs held at Newcastle
Rashford slotted home an equaliser on 62 minutes from Bruno Fernandes's pass to reward United's marked improvement.
Premier League: Jamaal Lascelles rescues priceless point for struggling Newcastle United against Aston Villa
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles bailed out his troubled team just seconds from the final whistle at St James' Park
Manchester United's first victory in three league games means they are behind leaders Manchester City only on goal difference.
Premier League: Manchester United, Arsenal play out goalless draw; Manchester City claim three point lead at top
Gabriel Jesus scored the only goal inside the first 10 minutes at the Etihad as Manchester City extended their winning run to 12 games in all competitions.
Premier League: Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti remains coy about playing Jordan Pickford against Newcastle United
Pickford was at fault for Leicester's equaliser in a midweek 1-1 draw, failing to keep out Youri Tielemans' shot with England manager Gareth Southgate watching at Goodison Park.
Newcastle do remain firmly in a relegation fight after a ninth consecutive game without a win despite Steve Bruce making eight changes.
Soaring infection rates across Britain have forced the country into a new nationwide lockdown as a new highly infectious strain of Covid-19 has increased pressure on hospitals.
Premier League: Manchester City hammer struggling Chelsea 3-1; Leicester register fifth win on the trot
Chelsea slipped to eighth place after lkay Gündoğan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scored in a 16-minute first-half spell at a chilly Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Premier League: Goals from James Maddison, Youri Tielemans seal 2-1 victory for Leicester City over Newcastle United
Leicester were hardly tested by Newcastle, who are without a win in six games in all competitions as the pressure mounts on Magpies boss Steve Bruce.
The 0-0 stalemate at St James' Park means Liverpool go into the New Year with a three-point lead over Manchester United, having played a game more.
The pick of the Boxing Day matches in England sees Arsenal in desperate need of a win against fellow Londoners Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta has overseen Arsenal's worst start since the 1974/75 season - they have scored just 12 goals to boot - and lie just four points above the relegation zone.
Premier League: Newcastle United players battling exhaustion after string of COVID-19 cases, says Steve Bruce
The Magpies will once again be without a number of unnamed players for Saturday's home match against Fulham as a result of the lingering effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, which prompted the club to close their training ground at the end of last month.
Premier League: United, City share spoils after Manchester derby ends in dull goalless draw; Everton edge past Chelsea
A draw leaves United still one point above City but the Red Devils are now eighth with Pep Guardiola's men ninth.
United's training headquarters had been closed as a result of the spike, which forced the first postponement of a Premier League fixture this season due to COVID-19.
Neither Newcastle nor the Premier League have commented publicly on the situation.
Premier League: Son Heung-min, Lo Celso on target as Tottenham stun Manchester City; Chelsea beat Newcastle United
Spurs ended the day on top of the table for the first time in six years as goals from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso saw off a toothless City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Premier League: Chelsea boss Frank Lampard criticises cramped calendar citing concern over player fitness
Chelsea have barely any time to rest or train before the trip to St James' Park on Saturday and Lampard is concerned that their fitness is being put at risk.
Premier League: Southampton go top of table with victory over Newcastle United; Burnley, Brighton play out goalless draw
Goals from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong ensured Southampton finished the day at the summit of the English top-flight table for the first time since Chris Nicholl's team 32 years ago.