There were plenty of notable performances from the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, plus an important win for West Ham United against relegation rivals Sunderland last night.
Juan Mata grabbed his first goal for Manchester United, John Terry put through his own net as Chelsea lost at Crystal Palace and Liverpool strolled to a win against Tottenham Hotspur. There was plenty to talk about.
Here’s our team of the week based on the weekend’s action.
GK – Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
Produced some inspired form against Chelsea, which helped his side stay in the game and eventually secure the win thanks to that Terry own goal.
RB – Calum Chambers (Southampton)
Produced a faultless exhibition of defensive football against Newcastle United. Made it very difficult for the Toon to penetrate the Saints back four.
CB – John Stones (Everton)
Looked rock solid against Fulham, almost as though he’d been playing in central defence for his entire career.
CB – Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)
Another Palace star who shone in the defensive backline. He dealt with the slipper and quick attacking play of Chelsea well throughout.
LB – Alexander Buttner (Manchester United)
David Moyes’ concerns over whether Buttner can replace Patrice Evra would have been eased slightly. He was solid against Aston Villa but will face bigger tests.
RM – Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Danny Rose will be having all sorts of nightmares following the way he was trampled on by Sterling during the match against Liverpool at Anfield. Sterling was close to unplayable.
CM – Adam Lallana (Southampton)
It’s not a surprise that Chelsea want to get their hands on the Saints playmaker. He is the heartbeat of the Southampton midfield and makes them look very impressive going forward.
CM – Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Mata produced the sort of performance against Villa, which showed exactly why Manchester United were willing to spend so much to sign him from Chelsea last winter.
LM – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
We had to find somewhere to fit in Rooney so he’s out on the left hand side. Scored and led the Manchester United attack well against Aston Villa.
ST – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Was all over the Tottenham back four like a rash. Bagged another goal to add to his impressive Premier League tally for the season.
ST – Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
Rodriguez will be really pushing for a starting place in England’s World Cup squad this summer if he continues this sort of form. He’s zoning in on Daniel Sturridge’s goal tally as the highest scoring English player.