MANCHESTER United, runaway leaders of soccer's English Premier League, had their emphatic advantage shaved slightly when they were held 0-0 at home by Leeds yesterday as second-placed Blackburn Rovers won 1-0 at Aston Villa. Champions United maintained their unbeaten home record but their fourth draw in their last five games at Old Trafford allowed Blackburn to close the intimidating gap to 12 points, courtesy of Alan Shearer's 20th goal of the season. United, who kicked off two hours earlier, held off the challenge of one of their few realistic title rivals, although Leeds became only the second side to stop United scoring at home this season. But Blackburn, who have a game in hand, kept up the chase with their fifth win in six games. Kevin Campbell scored his seventh goal in four games as Arsenal won 3-0 at Wimbledon to move third. Ian Wright also scored for the third successive game. Ray Parlour was the Gunners' other marksman. Andy Cole took his tally for the season to 27 with both goals in Newcastle's 2-0 win over Manchester City. Relegation-strugglers Sheffield United celebrated the New Year with their first goal in 620 minutes in a 2-1 win over Oldham. Dane Whitehouse's 23rd-minute penalty ended Sheffield's misery. Priceless England striker Shearer kept Blackburn within sight of United when he started the New Year as he ended the old - on the scoresheet. Shearer, whose midweek double against Everton lifted Kenny Dalglish's side into second place, struck in the 38th minute with a clinical finish after a brilliant run down the left by Graeme Le Saux. Tim Breacker scored the first Premier League goal of 1994 after six minutes to give West Ham a 1-0 win at dismal Everton. Liverpool ended their run of five successive draws with a 2-1 win at Ipswich, with Ian Rush earning them their first away league victory since August with a goal two minutes from time. Defender Neil Ruddock headed Liverpool's first. Glenn Hoddle endured a storm of boos and cries of ''Judas'' on his return to bottom club Swindon, but left in triumph as his Chelsea side won 3-1 to register their second successive victory after going 10 matches without one. Struggling Southampton lost 1-0 to Norwich and had Francis Benali sent off for elbowing Ruel Fox. Sheffield Wednesday scored twice in two minutes late in the second half to come from behind for a 2-1 win at Queen's Park Rangers. Mark Bright and Gordon Watson scored Wednesday's goals after Les Ferdinand had put Rangers ahead. In Scotland's match of the day, the Old Firm clash at Parkhead, champions Rangers were in rampant mood, beating Celtic 4-2. That was one of only two games in the Premier Division - Kilmarnock and Motherwell played a goalless draw in the other.