It was a tremendous weekend of Premier League football as the new season started and sides laid down a marker to their various rivals in different areas of the table.
There were some superb performances from debutants as well as calm and measured showings from some of the older and more experienced players in Premier League football.
Here is our best team from the opening Premier League fixtures.
GK – Simon Mignolet
Mignolet had a tough start to the match against Stoke City, looking a little nervous playing in front of a packed Anfield crowd for the first time. However, he produced some of his best form in the second half including a superb double save from a penalty.
RB – Seamus Coleman
Coleman looks as though he’s going to be one of the best right backs in the country this season. He showed every element of his game in the 2-2 draw at Norwich City. He has pace and skill when going forward and his defensive game is solid when he’s tracking back.
CB – Nemanja Vidic
David Moyes chose to go with one of his most experienced defenders for the clash with Swansea and it paid off. Vidic is one of the best defenders in the league when he’s fit. He hardly put a foot wrong against the Swans, holding position well once he got to grips with the pace and movement of Michu.
CB – Ciaran Clark
Few would have been surprised had Clark gone into Aston Villa’s match against Arsenal with a few nerves. However, he got through that initial anxiety and looked superb in the second half as Arsenal built more and more pressure trying to chase down a two goal deficit.
LB – Luke Shaw
Southampton’s Luke Shaw is probably ironically unlucky not to have been bought by a bigger Premier League side this summer. His pace against West Brom was frightening and Mauricio Pochettino seems to have worked a great deal with him on the defensive side of his game because his position was superb throughout.
RM – Gabriel Agbonlahor
Agbonlahor makes it into the midfield because Arsenal just couldn’t handle his runs from deep. His run to win a penalty for Aston Villa showcased his blistering speed and he was genuinely a threat throughout the match on the counter attack.
CM – Ross Barkley
Everton’s Ross Barkley has created throwbacks to how Steven Gerrard used to play when he started his career. He was noticeably one of the more effective midfield players for Everton in their match against Norwich and he scored one of the goals of the weekend with a superb long range strike.
CM – Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne makes it into the team of the week considering how well he played after being thrown in at the deep end by Jose Mourinho. He’s such a simple player, similar to former Manchester United star Paul Scholes. He controls the ball well, looks for the simple pass and has good pace and core strength.
LM – Paulinho
Paulinho is only at left midfield because the central positions have already gone. He had a very solid debut for Tottenham Hotspur in a narrow win at Crystal Palace. He read the game well, intercepted well and distributed well, everything that Andre Villas-Boas would have been hoping for.
ST – Sergio Aguero
Aguero gets in ahead of some superb centre forward performances because he looked very calm, composed and extremely dangerous against Newcastle. He had that aura about him, which would have made several think that he can score big goals this season in big fixtures.
ST – Robin van Persie
RVP has to be in the team of the week because he was unplayable for Manchester United against Swansea. For him to switch on and be so prolific and lethal in the final third straight away is very difficult. He allows United the luxury of being able to play one centre forward who can occupy both centre backs.
What do you think? Who would be in your team of the week?
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