Late heartache for Middlesbrough plus Swansea woe is some consolation for Sunderland

Sunderland's manager David Moyes' day could have got a lot worse - and he has his old club Manchester United to thank.

Saturday, 31st December 2016, 4:55 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:01 pm
Paul Pogba celebrates his winner for Man United

With Sunderland stinking out Turf Moor in a 4-1 defeat against Burnley, they will end 2016 in the Premier League relegation zone.

But with just five minutes left at Old Trafford, it looked a lot worse as relegation rivals Middlesbrough led Manchester United 1-0 thanks to a goal from ex-Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter.

But two goals in a minute from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba turned the game on its head and left Boro just four points above Sunderland, who occupy the final relegation spot.

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Another of Moyes' former clubs, Everton, had done him a similar favour last night by grabbing a late equaliser against Hull City to keep them below the Black Cats.

Swansea remain bottom of the table after they were thumped 3-0 at home to Bournemouth.

However, Islam Slimani eased any growing relegation pressure at Leicester as the champions held on to beat West Ham 1-0.

Crystal Palace, now managed by former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, have a game in hand which they will use tomorrow when they travel to Arsenal.