We have noticed you are using an ad blocker
To continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.
To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.
12.45 GMT: West Ham 2-0 Liverpool
Full-time: Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle
Ful-time: Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth
Full-time: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea
Full-time: Norwich 1-0 Southampton
Full-time: Sunderland 3-1 Aston Villa
Full-time: West Brom 2-1 Stoke
17.30 GMT - Watford vs Manchester City
That is all from us on the first day of Premier League action in 2016, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction throughout the weekend.
We will also be back tomorrow to bring you live coverage of the London derby between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park in addition to Everton vs Tottenham.
Until then, have a great evening.
And so there ends Manchester United's crippling run of eight consecutive matches without a victory in all competitions. It was a fabulous finish from the much-maligned Rooney to seal a very welcome three points, although there is clearly still much work to be done, especially in the first half, if Van Gaal is to restore faith in his abilities. As for Swansea, securing a permanent successor to Garry Monk will be top of the list of priorities in the first few weeks of 2016 given that they still hover precariously just two points above the relegation zone.
Arsenal looked sluggish and devoid of any real creativity/spark for much of their fortuitous win over struggling Newcastle this afternoon, but McClaren's side only have themselves to blame for spurning a number of good chances and failing to adequately clear the corner that led to Koscielny's winner. That result, coupled with Leicester's failure to beat Bournemouth, means that the Gunners now sit two points clear at the summit of the Premier League.
Meanwhile, only the most blindly optimistic of Aston Villa supporters will believe they stand any real chance of avoiding the drop following yet another loss in an important six-pointer at Sunderland. Garde's rock-bottom team are now 11 points adrift of safety and seven behind the 19th-place Black Cats.
Norwich continue their push away from trouble as that victory at home to 10-man Southampton pushes them up to 14th and six points clear of danger. Tony Pulis was also able to claim bragging rights against former employers Stoke courtesy of Evans' late finish.
Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle
Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth
Manchester United 2-1 Swansea
Norwich 1-0 Southampton
Sunderland 3-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 2-1 Stoke
Gil's excellent goal has proven to be only a temporary source of relief for Aston Villa as their 14th Premier League defeat of the season is surely confirmed by Defoe's second strike of the afternoon.
10-man Stoke were only back on level terms for a matter of minutes. Former Manchester United defender Evans looks to have scored a stoppage-time winner for the Baggies as he bundles over the line from close range following a desperate scramble.
Goal: Sunderland 3-1 Aston Villa (Jermain Defoe)
Goal: West Brom 2-1 Stoke (Jonny Evans)
In all the excitement we forgot to inform you of a red card for Cameron. The Stoke defender has been somewhat harshly dismissed for lightly brushing the back of Claudio Yacob's head.
Red card: Geoff Cameron (Stoke)
Pulis' hopes of recording a victory against his former club have been dealt a blow after substitute Walters heads from Joselu's cross to cancel out Sessegnon's emphatic opener for West Brom.
Sunderland have restored their lead against Aston Villa as Defoe controls a diagonal ball from Adam Johnson before firing home, while Tettey puts Norwich in front from 18 yards after being teed up by Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe. That goal came just two minutes after Southampton saw Victor Wanyama sent off for a second bookable offence.
After a quiet start to the afternoon, goals are flying in thick and fast now and we are struggling to keep up.
At Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney temporarily silences his sizable list of critics by sending Martial's low cross beyond Fabianski with an audacious backheel at the front post.
Goal: West Brom 1-1 Stoke (Jonathan Walters)
Goal: West Brom 1-0 Stoke (Stephane Sessegnon)
Goal: Manchester United 2-1 Swansea (Wayne Rooney)
Goal: Norwich 1-0 Southampton (Alexander Tettey)
Red card: Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
Goal: Sunderland 2-1 Aston Villa (Jermain Defoe)
Newcastle, who have played well today, will be kicking themselves as they go behind at Arsenal after failing to clear a corner. With the ball flying around the penalty area following interventions from Paul Dummett and Olivier Giroud, Koscielny sneaks in beyond Ayoze Perez at the back post to prod home.
Goal: Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle (Laurent Koscielny)
At last the goals are starting to steadily trickle in as Van Gaal's relief at seeing his side break the deadlock against Swansea proves to be shortlived. Sigurdsson is the man who has restored parity for the visitors, converting a good header past David de Gea from substitute Barrow's delivery.
Goal: Manchester United 1-1 Swansea (Gylfi Sigurdsson)
At last signs of life from Aston Villa and what a goal it is. Former Barcelona winger Adama Traore sets off on a lung-busting run down the right, beating three players before providing an enticing cross that Gil watches carefully before volleying home wonderfully with his left foot. That is certainly more like it.
Goal: Sunderland 1-1 Aston Villa (Carles Gil)