Manchester United’s staggering Premier League title challenge took another blow in the 1-1 draw with West Brom while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Leeds on Sunday

United have lost points in five of their last seven league games, allowing Manchester City to gain a seven point lead with one game in hand

One point was enough to bring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to second place via Leicester due to the goal difference

But that was little consolation for United against a side from West Brom who conceded 24 goals and only got one point from their last seven home games

In fact, it was Sam Allardyce’s men who had the better chances of winning the game and giving a boost to their dwindling hopes of hitting the drop

United got their worst start when Conor Gallagher swung a cross and Mbaye Diagne overtook Victor Lindelof to take home a header after just 80 seconds

“We got off to a difficult start,” said Solskjaer, whose side have fallen behind in eight of their twelve away games this season

“You have 90 odd minutes to remedy the situation so you don’t need to panic, but I didn’t feel like we built that momentum too late in the first half

“There was only one way traffic in the second half, but there were still a few moments when we could have lost the game”

United struggled to make the most of their territorial dominance until Bruno Fernandes created a magical moment with a volley on his weaker left foot a minute before half-time

Sam Johnstone played Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay had a try to clear the line when United pushed for a winner after the break

But it was Diagne who should have won the game twice late, as he was turned down in a duel with David de Gea before shooting a tempting cross over the bar

Johnstone had another deep stoppage time when he knocked Harry Maguire’s header on the post

At the Emirates Stadium, Aubameyang scored his first hat trick in the Premier League to get the Gunners back on track after two straight defeats and three games without a win

Aubameyang has had a difficult season marked by poor form and his mother’s illness, which recently prompted him to take a vacation

The Arsenal captain struck in the 13 Minute too when he jumped off Luke Ayling and shot past Illan Meslier

Hector Bellerin made it to three at halftime when his shot hit the unfortunate Meslier’s weak rescue attempt at his near post

Aubameyang finished his hat trick in 47 Minute with a header from Emile Smith Rowes cross for his eleventh goal of the season

Pascal Struijk’s header in 58 Minute and the hit by Helder Costa in the 69 Minute came too late for Marcelo Bielsa’s men when Arsenal beat Leeds to 10 Place climbed

“Everyone gave me, my mother and my family a lot of love. I have to thank everyone in the club and the fans”

Everton missed the chance to compete with neighbors Liverpool in fourth place as they were beaten 2-0 by Fulham

Josh Maja scored two goals for the Goodison Park visitors to end Fulham’s 12-game run without a win

Scott Parker’s men still face a daunting task to survive, but close the gap with Newcastle, who is traveling to Chelsea on Monday, on seven points

Wolves have moved 12 points from the drop zone after taking a 2-1 win from behind that prolonged Southampton’s six-game loss in the league

The Saints had beaten Nuno Espirito Santo’s men to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals mid-week and got off to a promising start when Danny Ings converted Stuart Armstrong’s cross

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