Manchester United lost ground on the leaders after being pegged back late on by Cardiff City in a 2-2 draw.
United had won three games on the spin coming into the game, but a late goal from Kim Bo-kyung earned Cardiff a point.
Wayne Rooney fired United ahead with a deflected strike on 15 minutes, but arguably should not have been on the pitch after kicking out at Jordan Mutch a few minutes before opening the scoring.
Cardiff’s Ben Turner was interviewed by broadcaster Sky Sports immediately after the game and he was happy Rooney was not sent off.
From where I was, I do think he kicked out. But the way the game is going, I didn’t want him sent off as it is becoming less and less of a physical game. I think we need to keep some of that element in the game for the enjoyment of the fans.
Cardiff are tough nuts to crack on their own patch and a neat move involving Gary Medel and Mutch freed Fraizer Campbell to level the scores.
United shook off the setback and on the stroke of half-time, Patrice Evra climbed high at a corner to head the Premier League champions back in front.
Cardiff threw plenty at United in the second half and were rewarded when Kim headed home a free-kick in the dying embers of the contest.
Rooney had a chance to win the match after being picked out by Ryan Giggs, but he was caught in two minds when attempting to tee up Danny Welbeck and the chance went begging.
Match Stats (Four Four Two)
Possession Percentage: 50.1-49.9
Passes Completed: 295-310