Premier League scores, takeaways: Manchester United creeps closer to top four with win at Burnley

After a full day of action on Boxing Day, the Premier League was back just two days later with a bunch of games, including several greatly impacting the relegation battle. Watford is no longer in last place with a great run of form, Everton stayed hot under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, West Ham fired coach Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester United got a big win. Here's everything you need to know.

Brighton 2, Bournemouth 0
Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 1
Everton 2, Newcastle 1
Watford 3, Aston Villa 0
Norwich City 2, Tottenham 2
Leicester City 2, West Ham 1
Manchester United 2, Burnley 0

Chelsea 2, Arsenal 1
Liverpool 1, Wolves 0
Manchester City 2, Sheffield United 0

Manchester United pulls closer to?fourth

Manchester United has put together back-to-back victories to put the pressure on Chelsea for fourth place. The Red Devils beat Burnley 2-0 on Saturday on the road. Anthony Martial scored in the first half and Marcus Rashford ended it in added time to help the Red Devils climb the table and put their season back on track. With Chelsea's poor form, United could find itself in the top four before long as long as the attack continues to play in sync and take its chances.

West Ham sacks Pellegrini after another loss

West Ham''s experiment with Manuel Pellegrini is over after the club announced his departure shortly after the loss to Leicester City. The Hammers have only won two of their last 14 games in the league and can't find any consistency in attack as they continue to look like a strong contender for relegation. It was a move that was long overdue and now allows this team to try and turn the page.

Watford's revival takes center stage with attack coming to life

How about Watford? Left for dead at the bottom of the table with just one win in its first 17 league games, the club has now won two out of three while losing just one of its last five. The great form continued with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa where Troy Deeney scored twice and Ben Foster came up huge in goal once again.

In Watford's first 17 league games, the club scored nine goals. They've got six goals in the last three games. Don't look now, but the team is close to getting out of the relegation zone if the fine play continues.

Everton gets another big three points behind Calvert-Lewin

The Toffees are 2-0-0 under Carlo Ancelotti after a great 2-1 win at Newcastle. It was a match filled with chances for both teams, with each having over 20 shots, and the win for Everton puts the team within four points of European spots.?

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored both goals for Everton, making it three goals in two games for the young English forward as the club continues to trend upwards.?

Despite the loss, it was a quality showing for DeAndre Yedlin, as the U.S. men's national team defender showed flair and energy while playing 90 minutes.?

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