Which three players have had an exceptionally good week, and which three have had an exceptionally bad week … we take a look
A famous commentator once exclaimed that it, whatever it was, kept ‘getting better and better and better’ … apt words for Aaron Ramsey’s season so far.
This week has been a particular high-point. Not content with slamming home a double against Sunderland in the Premier League last weekend, he scored what proved to be the winner against Marseille in mid-week - to take his goal tally to six in seven.
Things could turn ugly though … he has to face Ryan Shawcross tomorrow, but this week has certainly been one of, if not the best, of Ramsey’s career.
Rooney’s back, back again. Yes the ever divisive striker has returned to action for the first time since he was booted in the head in training … and he is sporting a very inconspicuous headband for protection, honest you can barely see the thing.
He scored a free-kick against Crystal Palace last weekend, and in midweek made things even better with a match-winning display against Bayer Leverkusen.
His double in that game took him to 200 goals for Manchester United - a historic moment indeed.
All so good, we didn’t even mention him missing a sitter.
For me the best week was had by this man … the bargain buy of the summer.
Signed for somewhere around the £11-£12 million mark the Dane astonished onlookers with his mature performance and appearance against Norwich last weekend - despite only being 21-years-old.
After outshining £42.5 million North London debutant rival Ozil he went on to score one of the goals of the week against Tromso in the Europa League last night.
A no brainer really - this is probably the worst week in Mourinho’s accumulative time at Chelsea.
If defeat to Everton last weekend wasn’t enough then Swiss outfit FC Basel kicked them while they were down in the Champions League in midweek … all of which made for an awful week for the average, oh wait sorry, the special one.
Tough luck for Coutinho. Just as he was looking like potentially breaking into the Brazil squad he smashes up his shoulder and is out for the next round of international friendlies.
Poor ‘Olly, he just cannot catch a break.
If going to Old Trafford was not hard enough having Ashley Young diving around all over the place did not help.
Either did having Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off or a penalty being given against his Palace side in which the foul occurred a good way outside the box.
But to make matters worse the press expect a jolly good sound bite from the Eagles boss - a sound bite that would lumber him with yet another ban and fine from the overzealous FA.
Who do you think we have missed?
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