United complete fourth straight League win
Manchester United's revival gathered pace with a fourth successive victory in the English Premier League against Stoke yesterday, and captain Steven Gerrard came to Liverpool's rescue against Leicester after being restored to the team.
Juan Mata curled in a second-half free kick to give United a 2-1 victory, keeping the 20-time champions in fourth place.
Liverpool, which edged Stoke 1-0 at the weekend, came from behind to beat 10-man Leicester 3-1. After an own goal by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Adam Lallana equalised before Gerrard and Jordan Henderson clinched Liverpool's second successive win in the second half.
Liverpool, though, remain five points from the top four in eighth. West Ham remain fifth after fighting back to edge West Brom 2-1, and Swansea are a place behind after beating Queens Park Rangers 2-0.
The QPR team is only being kept off the bottom by Leicester, while Burnley provisionally climbed out of the relegation zone by drawing 1-1 with Newcastle.
Aston Villa claimed their first league victory since September by winning 1-0 at Crystal Palace, with Christian Benteke scoring his first goal in nine months.
The attention returns to the title race today when leaders Chelsea host Tottenham, second-place Manchester City play at Sunderland and third-place Southampton are at Arsenal.