As it’s our custom on HalftimeNG, we bring you our carefully selected best XI plus a manager from the weekly Premier League fixtures. Using a 4-4-2 formation this week, here’s our “Team of the Weekend”.
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Goalkeeper: So many decent goalkeeping last weekend but we have gone with the statistics and there’s no other choice than Newcastle’s TIM KRUL who made an incredible 14 saves for Newcastle against Spurs at White Hart Lane. It’s also said to be the busiest a keeper has been in a Premier League match since the 2006-7 season.
Left back: Making his 250th Premier League appearance for United, PATRICE EVRA gave a commanding performance and showed quality against league leaders, Arsenal; combining neatly down the left flank and also defensively solid.
Centre back: I have watched the replay over and over again and i’m asking how Newcastle’s MAPOU YANGA-MBIWA had managed to record a good goal line clearance. Overall, he was efficient throughout tha game and that has earned him a place on our list.
Centre back: What a way to announce your comeback after a long while on the Injury list. WES BROWN read the game well, turned in a good display against Manchester city and also provided his first assist in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2007 in this game.
Right back: CHRIS SMALLING – Maybe not the best of full-backs but if you helped your team not to concede a goal against a fluent Arsenal side, then you deserve to be on our list. Had a quietly efficient game I must say.
Centre midfield: It’s got to be Southampton’s MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN. He was brilliant in the middle of the pack for the Saints, served as a good cover for the defence, also distributed his passes well upfront and grabbed his first goal of the season.
Centre midfield: With a master-class performance that lasted about 65 minutes against Fulham, Captain STEVEN GERRARD makes our list. The 33-year-old laid on three of Liverpool’s four goals and played a large part in the other. He now has four assists in the Premier League this season better than any player.
Right midfield: Another Saint performer, ADAM LALLANA. He’s matured, he’s talented and he celebrated his call up to Roy Hodgson’s squad with a virtuoso display against Hull, he also scored a brilliant individual goal on the night.
Left midfield: Man-of-the-match performance against Arsenal, provided the assist for the only goal of the match, looks fitter and sharper, his work rate has been phenomenal, United wouldn’t be here if he had left the club at the end of last season. Your guess is as good as ours, WAYNE ROONEY.
Centre forward: LUIS SUAREZ – what more can be said of this brilliant Uruguayan, another solid display for the Reds against Fulham earned him two goals and he has now scored 7 in his last 4 Premier league home games.
Centre forward: If West Brom had played after United, we would have been confused in choosing a partner for Luis Suarez upfront because Shane Long was too hot to handle for the Chelsea defence but we are opting for the man that enjoys haunting is former employers and team-mates, ROBIN VAN PERSIE. Got the vital goal that has pushed United up to 5th position on the log and has reduced the point difference between them and the league leaders to five (5).
Manager: Tough one for us to decide, Steve Clarke would have edged it for a great tactical display at Stamford Bridge but it has to go back to the man from last week, GUS POYET, three home games, three Wins with the recent coming against Manchester City whose manager, Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that the players have to cure their “Travel sickness” this season.