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Summary

  1. Rumours Nigel Pearson sacked at Leicester
  2. Shaw off for second yellow
  3. FT: Newcastle 1-1 Stoke
  4. Colback with 16-yard strike, Crouch header
  5. FT: Burnley 2-2 West Brom
  6. West Brom battled back from 2-0 down

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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So, that's it from me. But don't worry... there's an international cup final from Africa to get your teeth into now. Head on over to our Africa Cup of Nations live text

here.

Goodnight.

Here's one final reminder that you can select your favourite Premier League goal of the month from January

here.

The winner will be announced on tonight's Match of the Day 2, which will be on at the earlier time of 22:00 GMT on BBC Two for viewers in England and Wales, 22:30 for those in Northern Ireland, and 23:00 if you're in Scotland.

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

Stuart Jones: If Leicester have sacked Pearson - wonder if 'Arry's knee has suddenly got better in the last half hour?

Player reaction on Twitter

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

David De Gea
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Manchester United goalkeeper

David De Gea: "Although things can get complicated Manchester United never give up! A point in a difficult pitch! We'll keep on fighting!"

Right we've got through to Leicester and... drum roll...

They have no announcement to make at the moment. Sorry. I was hoping to bring you something more conclusive than that.

Let me assure you we're putting in plenty of calls to try and firm up this rumour that Nigel Pearson has been sacked by Leicester City. Whether the story is true or false, I suspect the Leicester press officer won't be watching Top Gear tonight.

See what I did there?

A seamless plug.

I've just done a quick search to see if Nigel Pearson ever scored a screamer. The best the internet came up with was a four-yard tap-in against Coventry in 1991. I bet even Nigel has forgotten about that one.

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After Cheikhou Kouyate scored a cracking goal to put West Ham ahead against Manchester United, we've been asking: What's the best goal you've seen scored by a centre-half?

Phil Jagielka
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Tom, Liverpool: Phil Jagielka's ludicrous thunderbolt equaliser for Everton earlier this season against Liverpool. Dying minutes of the game at the Kop end and one of the greatest ever Merseyside derby goals.

Joe, High Wycombe: Best goal by a centre-half has to be Gary Cahill's bicycle kick for Aston Villa in the Birmingham derby back in 2006!

Pete, London: Another West Ham centre-back, Anton Ferdinand's wonder volley from the edge of the area in the 2005-06 season.

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Kevin Keegan
AFP

While we wait for confirmation of Nigel Pearson's departure, it gives the bookmakers time to get their odds right on who might be the next manager. They've

currently got Kevin Keegan at number two in the betting. I'd love it if...

If the Nigel Pearson rumour is true, he would be the fifth Premier League manager in 43 days to be sacked. Silly season.

Leicester going down?

BBC Sport's Robbie Savage assessed Leicester's chances of surviving the drop in his column this week - and it didn't make good reading for Foxes fans. In short, he's predicting relegation.

"The Foxes make too many mistakes at the back and they are not good enough in that department,"

wrote Savage. "Leicester manager Nigel Pearson brought in Robert Huth from Stoke on deadline day to try to change that but Huth has played only three minutes of Premier League football this season.

"Huth is the kind of character they need but, as I found out when I went to Derby as captain, when you join a struggling team in January, it is very hard to make an impact no matter how good you are or how much of a leader you are.

"I think they are still a couple of players short defensively."

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A Ghanaian meal
@lukevenn11

Luke Venn: Like the postman I always deliver.

Earlier today Luke tweeted in to let us know about his plans for a Ghanaian feast, in celebration of this evening's Africa Cup of Nations final, which

you can follow here. The boy's done good.

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Of course, Leicester also have the small matter of an FA Cup fifth round tie against Aston Villa on the horizon. That game - on Sunday, 15 February at 12:30 GMT - will be on BBC One.

If Leicester were to change managers, the new man has a tricky job on his hands. They are bottom of the league, four points adrift of safety and their next league game is away at Arsenal. After that? Everton away. Then Manchester City away...

In terms of Premier League results, Nigel Pearson is Leicester's third most successful manager. Martin O'Neill had a win ratio of 34.9% in the top-flight, Peter Taylor 32.6% followed by Pearson's 16.7%.

Pearson's tangle

Asked why he man-handled Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur yesterday, Nigel Pearson said: "Because he said something to me. I don't have to reveal anything do I? I'm more than capable of looking after myself.

"There's no problem with the player. He's a good player and a likeable lad."

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Gary Lineker

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Nigel Pearson
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"Not sure if yesterday's bizarre touchline behaviour had anything to do with Nigel Pearson's exit, but certainly shows how the job gets to them all."

There have been unconfirmed reports Pearson has been sacked from his role as manager at Leicester. We'll bring you more news on that as soon as we hear it.

If you've had a busy Sunday and you're just catching up with the day's happenings, let me help out.

The day kicked off with West Brom coming from two goals down to draw 2-2. Then Peter Crouch scored in the last minute as Stoke and Newcastle shared in a 1-1 draw.

In the day's final game, there was more last-gasp drama as Daley Blind rescued a point for Manchester United at West Ham.

All the reports are here.

Nigel Pearson is in his second spell at Leicester City, after taking over in November 2011. In 167 games, he has 78 victories, 35 draws and 54 losses. Hang on while I do the maths... yep, that's a win ratio of 46.7%.

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Gary Lineker

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"Not overly surprised that Nigel Pearson has been fired by Leicester, given they're bottom, but he's been a very good manager of the club."

There have been unconfirmed reports Pearson has been sacked from his role as manager at Leicester. We'll bring you more news on that as soon as we hear it.

Here's what Nigel Pearson had to say following that defeat against Palace: "It was a game that we had chances and to come away with nothing is quite tough for us.

"We had plenty of good situations while Palace did not create too much. It's frustrating we can't turn performances into results."

I'm sure Foxes fans need no reminding, but Leicester were beaten 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon. They now have just one win in the last nine games.

"Leicester a soft touch under Pearson"

606 phone-in

BBC Radio 5 live

Following unconfirmed reports Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester.

David, a Leicester fan, says: "If the reports are true then my response would be overwhelmingly very pleased. He should have gone earlier in the season. The man did a fantastic job last year, but he is a Championship-level manager. His general persona does him no favours and the league position speaks for itself. We are a soft touch."

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@bbc606 on Twitter.

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

There's a lot of chat about Wayne Rooney's midfield deployment. Here's his touch map. Is he better served being more central and further forward?

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd
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How's stat?!

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

Here are some key stats from today's game at Upton Park:

  • Manchester United have now lost just one of their last 21 Premier League games away in the capital (W12 D8 L1).
  • West Ham missed the opportunity of winning their home games against Man City and Man Utd in the same season for the first time since the 1985/86 campaign.
  • Marcos Rojo made 14 clearances; only in one game this season has a Manchester United player recorded more (Smalling v Arsenal, 15).

Lines are open - have your say

606 phone-in

BBC Radio 5 live

Over on BBC Radio 5 live, 606, is already in full swing.

Gary, a Manchester United fan, says: "Lacklustre, shocking. We're not good enough. Wayne Rooney should be playing up front."

Steve, a West Ham fan, says: "Wayne Rooney is a disgrace. He is on and on in the referee's face. He's England captain, he's got to set an example".

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Manager reaction

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to BBC Sport: "I've seen fantastic spirit and character from my team after going 1-0 behind. I told my players that and thanked them.

"The first half was not good enough, all first and second balls we lost and that's why we couldn't get out of the pressure of West Ham.

"In the second half we showed how good we can be in spite of all circumstances here. That's why I am happy with second half and we could have won, but you never start like that.

"I'm happy for Daley Blind but he also has to play better in first half."

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal thanks Daley Blind
AFP

Goal of the month vote

There were plenty of fantastic goals in January, including both strikes during QPR's 1-1 draw with Swansea and a rare Rickie Lambert league goal for Liverpool.

You can select your favourite as the Match of the Day goal of the month vote opens

here.

The winner will be announced on tonight's Match of the Day 2, which will be on at the earlier time of 22:00 GMT on BBC Two for viewers in England and Wales, 22:30 for those in Northern Ireland, and 23:00 if you're in Scotland.

Manager reaction

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, speaking to Sky Sports: "We played very badly in the first half and showed a lot of spirit in the second half.

"We gave away that goal and then we played football but you have to do it from the first minute.

"But what spirit from my team after the goal and I thanked my players for that.

"[In the first half] when we had the ball we didn't play it along the floor. When we lost the ball, you have to win the first and second balls much quicker.

"With Marouane Fellaini you have to change your playing style. That's what we did and because of him we created lots of chances. I'm pleased that we have a draw here."

Is Pearson gone?

Nigel Pearson
AFP

There are lots of reports on Twitter that Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has been sacked. Nothing confirmed as yet, but we'll keep you up to date.

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West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

After Cheikhou Kouyate scored a cracking goal to put West Ham ahead, we've been asking: What's the best goal you've seen scored by a centre-half?

Colin Cox: Alan Kernaghan - 1994 for Man City v Leicester. Got the ball in in own half, took on three defenders and then lobbed from 40 yards.

Matt Fallon: Best centre-half goal has to be Tony Adams against Everton. Steve Bould over the top and a crisp left foot finish. 4-0 and the Premier League title.

Chris Oakley-White: Has to be Philippe Mexes' goal v Anderlecht. That bicycle kick.

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West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

George Shadow: Again, can someone remind me why we brought in Radamel Falcao?

Sho: Manchester United too predictable. Keep it tight and you nullify their front four. Marouane Fellaini will come on and resort to route one football.

Nitin R Menon: Ander Herrera. Start with him, and you'd see how useful all that 59% possession of the ball would be. Let Wayne Rooney play up front.

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Manager reaction

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce speaking to BBC Sport: "A win would have been nothing more than we deserved if we had won.

"It's a great shame we conceded the goal but a fantastic performance which entertained the crowd - I always respect the point against one of the big boys even though they got the goal late.

"Cheikhou Kouyate was playing centre-back for the first time and if you look at quality of his goal - it was fantastic."

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

Big Sam's got his claws out there - "it was thump it forward and see what happens" from United.

Manager reaction

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to Sky Sports: "The lads are absolutely gutted and so they should be. It was a fantastic performance and I thought we were going to see it through but it wasn't to be.

"We just needed to find the second goal and didn't manage to even though we had chances.

"In the end, we couldn't cope with long ball United - it was thump it forward and see what happens. It's not how you normally see United play but it got them the point in the end.

"If you look at the amount of saves David De Gea made today he is probably just as worthy of them getting the draw as Daley Blind getting the equaliser."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
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Manager reaction

Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "At a key point in game the referee hasn't made a brave or strong decision.

"He has allowed Jack Colback to stay on when really he should have got a second yellow card and gone off. That would have made the difference and possibly allowed us to go on and win.

"As it was, he was able to stay on the field of play and he has ended up scoring the goal that possibly might have allowed us to not get anything from the game.

"From that point of view, we are grateful for goal at the end but that was the least we deserved."

Manager reaction

Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

Newcastle manager John Carver played down the controversy over Jack Colback not being sent-off:

"It wasn't a classic and I thought we had stolen the three points when we got the goal. I couldn't see where they were going to get a goal from and, like I say it was from our stupidity," he said.

"I'm never going to take away Jack Colback's competitiveness. He's a real competitor and has been a great signing for this football club.

"There were lost of tackles going in and I thought the referee handled it very well. I'll speak to him (Colback) but I won't take it away from him."

John Carver
AP

Newcastle 1-1 Stoke

It seems like a long time ago now, but here's what the two managers made of events at St James' Park where Peter Crouch rescued Stoke a point against Newcastle...

Player reaction

West Ham 1-1 Man Utd

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble: "It's feels like a loss. It shows how far we have come that we are gutted we drew with Manchester United.

"In many spells I thought we were the better team and just couldn't hold out until the end.

"You can't switch off against these top teams because they will punish you and that's what happened."

How much did they earn?

Wayne Rooney
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Despite an all-star forward line, Manchester United had to rely on a last-gasp goal from Daley Blind to rescue them a point at West Ham. But just how much did some of United's attacking stars earn for their efforts today? Our

wages calculator has the answers (although you may not like them)...

Angel Di Maria is about £2,500 better off after the 90 minutes at Upton Park, Radamel Falcao will be taking home roughly £2,400 for his efforts today, while Wayne Rooney has pocketed approximately £2,600.