Manchester City went level on points at the top of the Premier League after beating Wolves, while rivals United were held by Tottenham. Elsewhere all of Sunday's derby matches ended in stalemates.
Dutch striker Robin van Persie chalked up eight points on Saturday in Arsenal’s comfortable 3-0 win over struggling West Ham. Van Persie scored two and collected an assist when Theo Walcott bagged the second.
Debuts and derbies will make the headlines this weekend with Liverpool, Birmingham and the North East set to come to a stand-still on Sunday. Elsewhere, the likes of Dzeko, Bridge, Bentley and Santa Cruz will all make fresh starts at new clubs.
Blackburn have re-signed striker Roque Santa Cruz, on loan until the end of the season, from Manchester City. The 29-year goes straight into the squad for the game against Chelsea on Saturday.
Manchester City have further bolstered their attacking ranks with the arrival of 24-year-old striker Edin Dzeko. His power and ability in the air will add a new dimension to the way City play.
Kyle Walker made an instant impact at his new club with a debut goal against his former side in the FA Cup. He'll relish regular Premier League football at Aston Villa, but will they concede too many goals?
The Insider Eye is back for the first time in 2011 after spending the festive period on a metaphysical journey. A football voyage through time and space. The goal, to foresee the fantasy football fortunes of this coming weekend.
Life at Fantasy League is starting to get back to normal following the always hectic festive season and nothing comes more naturally to a Fantasy Leaguer than making predictions.
Blackpool came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road in Kenny Dalglish's first league game in charge of the Reds for 20 years. The Goals Guide looks back at Wednesday night's action.
The FA Cup got under-way for the Premier League sides on third round weekend, and holders Chelsea began their defence with a convincing 7-0 win over Championship strugglers Ipswich. The Goals Guide looks back at this, and the rest of the third round action.
The FA Cup really gets going this weekend, at the third round stage, as the Premier League and Championship sides begin their quest for glory. Find out which managers are focussed on winning it, and which are using this weekend to rotate their teams.
Leon Best marked his first Premier League start with a hat-trick as Newcastle thrashed West Ham 5-0 at St James' Park on Wednesday night. Elsewhere, there were wins for Wolves, Blackburn, Sunderland and Everton.