This may not sound like a big deal but for a player who has been dogged by injury issues, playing injury-free for even a half is a good sign.
Wayne Rooney scored once from the penalty spot and once from open play as he broke a personal eight match goalless streak and gave his team a 2-0 over Sunderland.
In a case of mistaken identities, Wes Brown was sent off instead of teammate John O'Shea as Sunderland dropped a 2-0 decision at Old Trafford.
Papiss Cisse continues to score at a high rate when on the pitch, and today his goal stood alone as Newcastle grabbed their first win at home in 2015, 1-0 over Aston Villa.
Peter Crouch scored the only goal of the match a minute after entering 20 minutes from time as Stoke City beat Hull City 1-0.
Crystal Palace won their third straight match on the road in convincing style as Glenn Murray played a key role in the 1-3 victory over West Ham United.
West Ham United watched an even match turn one-sided as Crystal Palace would score three goals in the span of 22 minutes and the Hammers could only counter with a goal from Enner Valencia in a 1-3 loss.
Glen Johnson is battling an illness that could see him miss the squad when Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday.
With Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole both absent, Nene will likely be involved in West Ham's match with Crystal Palace at Upton Park on Saturday.
Roberto Martinez has ruled Christian Atsu out of contention for Everton's trip to the Emirates on Sunday due to an illness, but expects to have him back for the midweek round.
Aaron Ramsey will likely have trained fully on today by the time this is posted but despite the positive progress he is highly unlikely to be ready for Arsenal's match with Everton on Sunday.
Kieran Richardson limped off late in the first half of Aston Villa's Week 26 defeat to Stoke City and will not be ready in time for their Week 27 trip to Newcastle.