Another weekend gone and more movement in the Premier League as the table begins to form telltale signs of how it may look come May
The blue half of Manchester will have been delighted to see their side pick up three points, whilst also need thanks Tottenham for scoring so late to deny Man United of three points. Chelsea also kept their slim title hopes alive with a victory in a cliched game of two halves versus Arsenal, a game benefitting Spurs who move another point ahead of their North London rivals.
Elsewhere Reading continued their fine last twenty minute form, this time coming from behind to beat Newcastle, enabling them to climb further up the table following QPR and Wigan's failure to pick up victories in their respective games against mid-tabled West Ham and Sunderland.
Anyway, time for our team of the weekend, and as should probably have been expected Liverpool are well presented following their 5-0 thrashing over Norwich. Players from Man United, Man City, Swansea, Tottenham, QPR and Sunderland make up the rest of the side, but take a look and tell us what you think. Is there anyone I've missed who should be there?
GK: David De Gea - The target of pelters from Gary Neville following his flap in the dying seconds against Tottenham, De Gea still deserves his place in this weeks team following a largely outstanding performance between the sticks. Were it not for the Spaniard Spurs could have been home and dry as key saves from Dempsey and Bale made sure United left with something rather than nothing.
Unlucky to miss out: Brad Guzan
RB: Angel Rangel - Though opposite full back, Ben Davies, would have grabbed more plaudits following his goal at the weekend, Rangel also performed well to justify his selection here. Defensively he looked very strong against the threat of Matthew Etherington, arguably Stoke's best player, and when deemed right was not afraid to foray into Stoke's half of the pitc.
Unlucky to miss out: Pablo Zabaleta
CB: Rio Ferdinand - Almost back to his best form against Tottenham on Sunday, Ferdinand almost helped Man United to a clean sheet at White Hart Lane; alas it was not to be. Tasked with marking Jermain Defoe, he kept the pacy striker under wraps for the majority of the game and made two excellent blocks in the last fifteen minutes to save his side. England could do with him in this form.
Unlucky to miss out: Gary Cahill
CB: Ryan Nelsen - He may not be the youngest of central defenders in the league but Nelsen continues to prove his worth as a Premier League player. Against West Ham on Saturday he was dominant aerially and alongside Clint Hill formed an effective defensive barrier. Fully deserves a contract extension and may prove essential in keeping QPR up this season.
Unlucky to miss out: Winston Reid
LB: Glen Johnson - Another fine full back display from Glen Johnson rightly earns his place in the team of the week following Liverpool's 5-0 win over Norwich City. Defensively he was barely troubled due to the excellent work of the Liverpool midfield, offering the England International plenty of opportunities to attack, which he did with great frequency and penetration.
Unlucky to miss out: Ben Davies
WG: Aaron Lennon - Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas will still have his critics but nobody can deny the improvement Lennon has made under the Portuguese manager. Against United he was a constant menace to long term foe Patrice Evra who simply could not handle Lennon's pace and trickery, and was the stinging light for Spurs. Deserves to be noticed alongside Bale.
Unlucky to miss out: Joe Cole
CM: Jonathan De Guzman - Whilst Michu has grabbed all the headlines, Michael Laudrup's other summer signing, De Guzman, has slowly been improving week by week. Stoke found it extremely difficult to handle the midfielder as he ran rampant, scoring two excellent goals to gain Swansea yet another three points. Who needs Joe Allen and Gylfi Sigurdsson?
Unlucky to miss out: Michael Carrick
CM: Jordan Henderson - We've all heard the jokes and snide comments regarding Jordan Henderson but finally the youngster proved his worth with an excellent display on Saturday, albeit against a poor Norwich side. Alongside Steen Gerrard and Lucas the trio kept possession with ease and attacked well. His goal was particularly well taken and could provide a welcome confidence boost.
Unlucky to miss out: Ashley Westwood
WG: David Silva - Two words - Class Act. It's been a relatively slow start to the season for David Silva but the new year appears to have brought a rejuvenated confidence in the Spaniard. Fulham rarely troubled Man City when attacking but remained resilient in defence. If it wasn't for the skill of Silva to unlock the City defence twice, City could've been bemoaning yet more dropped points.
Unlucky to miss out: Charles N'Zogbia
ST: Daniel Sturridge - I won't lie, I was one of the people who claimed Sturridge may not be the best £12 million spent by Liverpool, but his start to his Pool career has been outstanding. This continued against Norwich, here it wasn't his goal that stood out most but also his teamwork and all-round play. The dummy to release Suarez was genius, showing his wonderful potential.
Unlucky to miss out: Adam Le Fondre
ST: Steven Fletcher - Another fine goal scoring display from Fletcher who continues to make the most of his limited pickings. Two goals against Wigan may have finally helped to push Sunderland completely out of the reckoning for the drop and to score in such style would have been pleasing for both the player and the Sunderland faithful. £12 million looks a bargain now.
Unlucky to miss out: Luis Suarez
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