Well this weekend has told us, if we didn't know already, that the title will most likely be heading to Old Trafford, barring a miraculous collapse from Fergie's men. Whilst United's players did what they needed to do efficiently, City were beaten comprehensively by the excellently attacking Southampton.
The race for third and fourth saw no shocks with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal all winning - albeit the hard way - but with Liverpool losing to West Brom yesterday evening, you'd have to surely now subtract them from the equation.
Meanwhile Villa picked up a vital three points to steal a march on QPR, Reading and Wigan and move out of the relegation zone much to the relief of Paul Lambert's ticker.
There were a series of good performances across the weekends games, and many feature in HITC's weekly Team of the Weekend. Take a look and tell us what you think.
GK: Ben Foster - A goalkeeping masterclass from Foster ensured that West Brom picked up their first win of 2013 and there was no other choice for the position. Saved a penalty superbly from Gerrard which all the highlights will show but also made save after save when it looked like Liverpool could move ahead. On this showing, Roy Hodgson will want to get him back to the international fold as soon as possible.
Unlucky to miss out: Wojciech Szczesny
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta - The orthodox right back is settling into Chelsea nicely following his summer move from Marseille and is looking like he has the whole set of qualities top become a very important player for Chelsea. Managed his defensive duties against the threat of Jean Beausejour effectively and moved forward well throughout. Two assists to his name will no doubt please as an added bonus.
Unlucky to miss out: Russell Martin
CB: Jonny Evans - Nemanja Vidic will grab all the plaudits for handling Fellaini but Evans performed just an important job at the heart of the United defence against Everton to ensure a clean sheet. Mopped up everything that came his way and moved calmly with impressive composure and confidence when moving the ball out of defence. No longer the calamity many once thought he was.
Unlucky to miss out: Michael Turner
CB: Robert Huth - Like Evans has probably not always been the centre back to get the credit he deserves, but another fine performance, this time against Reading means Huth fully deserves his place in this weeks team. Dominant defensively, he proved a tower of strength against Pogrebnyak, limiting the striker to little. Grabbed a goal to add to his career tally and cap a strong all-round performance.
Unlucky to miss out: Nemanja Vidic
LB: Nathan Baker - Aston Villa's defence has been woeful this season but against West Ham they stood resolute and left back Baker typified the efforts of his defence. Between him and Clark, Carroll was left with scraps to work with and Baker shed sweat and blood to ensure that West Ham's opportunities were limited to hopeful crosses into the box. Showed great maturity.
Unlucky to miss out: Daniel Fox
WG: Charles N'Zogbia - Practically won the game for Villa through two moments of quality that have been hidden away for the majority of the season. His burst through into the penalty area brought about the contact that gained Villa their penalty and he then put the game beyond doubt with a fantastic free kick. Needs to consistently make an impact if Villa are to keep moving forward.
Unlucky to miss out: Nathan Dyer
CM: David Luiz - Shifted back into the centre of Chelsea's midfield, Luiz looked a lot more comfortable than he has recently at centre back and set the platform for Chelsea's victory over Wigan. Strong in the tackle as always and intercepting balls with comfort were clear traits of his game and the support he offered to his midfield was underrated but effective. Benitez should keep him here.
Unlucky to miss out: Jack Colback
CM: Jack Wilshere - Once again the Arsenal and England midfielder continued his fine form as his stock meteorically rises. Looked comfortable when receiving the ball, as you now come to expect and kept play ticking along nicely in the centre of the park. His burst through the Sunderland midfield which eventually led to Cazorla's goal showed great willing and he could play a huge role in the race for a top four position.
Unlucky to miss out: Frank Lampard
WG: Gareth Bale - Simply superb performance from Bale once again, carrying his Spurs side through to victory against a rejuvenated Newcastle side. Both goals were excellently taken, the first a deadly accurate free kick and the second a wonderful striding run before slotting past the hapless Krul. In this form he has to be one of, if not, the best player in the Premier League so far in 2013.
Unlucky to miss out: Pablo Hernandez
AM: Jason Puncheon - Has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water with Southampton, a pleasant surprise for Southampton fans. Continues to influence Southampton's attacking play through his pace and desire to move forward and troubled the Manchester City defence all game. Grabbed a deserved goal for his efforts and is showing why Lallana has been consigned to the bench.
Unlucky to miss out: Eden Hazard
ST: Michu - If the weekends game against QPR is anything to go by, it looks like Michu is back. Swansea's star player turned in an excellent performance against Harry Redknapp's side as his Swansea side turned the screw to win convincingly. Two goals for the Spaniard, perhaps the first a little fortuitous, increased his tally for the season to sixteen.
Unlucky to miss out: Jay Rodriguez
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