Premier League: Ferran Torres nets hat-trick as Manchester City outclass Newcastle United in seven-goal thriller
Ferran Torres demonstrated his scoring instincts by netting a hat-trick as newly crowned champion Manchester City won a record 12th straight away game in the English Premier League, 4-3 at Newcastle on Friday.
The personal nature of some of the attacks, coupled with uncertainty over the club's ownership, has led to speculation that Bruce might not be around by the start of the new season.
Newcastle were cruising at 4-0 ahead only to suffer a nervous finish following late goals from Albrighton and Iheanacho.
Fourth bottom Newcastle remain nine points clear of the relegation zone with four games left.
“When I was young, I was just trying to make sure I could get a pair of boots and now we’re talking about the Hall of Fame," said Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
Premier League: Timo Werner scores as Chelsea beat top-four rivals West Ham; Liverpool held by Newcastle
After a week dominated by England's 'big six' aiming to guarantee top level European football every season via a breakaway Super League (ESL), Chelsea and Liverpool turned their attentions to trying to earn a top-four Premier League finish on the field.
Premier League: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool didn’t play like they deserved Champions League spot in Newcastle draw
Mohamed Salah had opened the scoring after just three minutes, but Liverpool wasted a host of chances to extend their lead against Steve Bruce's men, and paid in stoppage time.
Premier League: Liverpool fans unfurl banners demanding removal of American owners ahead of Newcastle United game
“£nough is £nough FSG Out” and “Henry, You have blood on your hands,” were the words on some of the banners, referencing Fenway Sports Group and principal owner John Henry.
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.