This weekend’s games brought with them unprecedented results as well as fantastic team performances and electric individual displays.
Here we have selected our Premier League Team of the Week, based on Saturday and Sunday’s performances.
GK – Thibaut Courtois
Despite having little or nothing to do for much of the first half, Thiabaut Cortois makes our team for the stops he had to make in order to give Chelsea their chance of snatching the three points at the end.
DEF – Ron Vlaar
He was the ultimate protector at the back for Aston Villa as they held on in White Hart Lane for a much-needed three points. His consistency all day long was outstanding, even after losing his regular partner Ciaran Clark after just 18 minutes.
DEF – Robert Huth
It may be a strange call to include a defender whose side conceded two goals, but Huth’s presence in the box, at both ends, was instrumental in Leicester City having a lifeline to cling on to still in their fight to stay up. His 81st minute goal also gave the Foxes their chance of claiming the three points.
DEF – John Terry
He was solid at the back, despite the pressure Chelsea found themselves under at the back. Courtois had to bail his side out a number of times but if it wasn’t for Terry and Gary Cahill at the back the result could have been very different.
MID – Michael Carrick
In an ultimate passing masterclass, Carrick was instrumental in United keeping possession, and giving Manchester City little hope of impacting. He is often forgotten behind the attention the likes of Wayne Rooney and co. garner but yesterday he deservedly received many plaudits for his ball retention.
MID – Francis Coquelin
Arsenal look to have found their next midfield general in Coquelin. His assertiveness on the ball at such a young age and his ability to break up play is fantastic. Although the Gunners had to grind out a result in the end away to Burnley this weekend, Coquelin provided a fantastic defensive aspect to a midfield with so much offensive ability.
MID – Marouane Fellaini
Fellaini was once a player castigated, and for a long time it looked as though he would be on his way out of Old Trafford but the standing ovation he received when coming off against City was testament to how well he played all day. Fellaini provided a key link between midfield and attack to cause havoc for City’s defence.
MID – Ashley Young
In much the same vein as Fellaini, Young is a player who has come back from the mire in terms of his status at United. His two assists couldn’t have been floated into the box any better than they were.
He also gave United an outlet in wide areas when pressure did mount and more often than not kept the ball by either taking on City’s defence or cutting back inside, which was the case for United’s second goal.
His opening goal was important as it gave United the platform to build upon but his overall display is what puts him in our team.
FW – Wayne Rooney
Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, the United captain was the epitome of everything positive about Louis van Gaal side’s play. His distribution was fantastic all day and his assist for Juan Mata showed just how intelligent a passer Rooney is.
FW – Christian Benteke
His goal against Tottenham was the culmination of the brilliant form Benteke has found in recent weeks. The way he leaped above his opponent Federico Fazio to head powerfully home was just the kind of goal Benteke has become known for. He’s most certainly back to his best, once again.
FW – Yannick Bolasie
He picks himself in our Team of the Week after terrorising Sunderland’s defence to score three goals in just eleven minutes, as he helped Crystal Palace humiliate the Black Cats in a 4-1 victory.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena