Who were the best Premier League players over the weekend? Downing, Carrick and more

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Manchester City, Southampton, West Ham United, Manchester United and Sunderland stars all feature.

The Premier League produced some entertaining football over the weekend and plenty of talking points as millions get their teeth into a long two weeks before the latest international break is over and the domestic football returns.

Chelsea sit pretty at the top of the league while Burnley deserve credit for fighting and improving their own position at the other end of the table.

Here are the best performers across five different areas over the weekend.

Goals

  PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Sergio Agüero FW Man City 2 1 90
Shane Long FW Southampton 2 1 22
Charlie Austin FW QPR 1 1 90
Ayoze Pérez FW Newcastle 1 1 90
Leighton Baines DF Everton 1 1 90

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero now has three goals in November, maintaining his impressive form from October, while Shane Long proved that he’s going to have a big role to play in Southampton’s attack this season.

Crosses

  PositionTeamTotal CrossAppearancesMins Played
Stewart Downing MF West Ham 17 1 90
Dusan Tadic MF Southampton 17 1 90
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 12 1 71
Carl Jenkinson DF West Ham 11 1 90
Eduardo Vargas FW QPR 11 1 90

Another area where two players share the plaudits. Stewart Downing continues his revitalised form for West Ham United while Dusan Tadic of Southampton is proving to be one of the most versatile and effective midfield men across a variety of areas for the Saints.

Tackles

  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Antonio Valencia MF Man Utd 7 1 90
Victor Wanyama MF Southampton 7 1 90
Aly Cissokho DF Aston Villa 6 1 90
Kyle Naughton DF Tottenham 6 1 85
Joleon Lescott DF West Brom 5 1 90

Another stat, another area where two players share the lead. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will be pleased to see Antonio Valencia being effective in terms of breaking up the play as he adapts to a new position.

Saves

  PositionTeamSavesAppearancesMins Played
Costel Pantilimon GK Sunderland 6 1 90
Brad Guzan GK Aston Villa 5 1 90
Adrián GK West Ham 4 1 90
Kasper Schmeichel GK Leicester 4 1 90
Asmir Begovic GK Stoke 3 1 90

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon deserves a mention because his saves earned the Black Cats a valuable point in the match against Everton, which has created confidence and momentum heading into the international break.

Passes

  PositionTeamAccurate PassAppearancesMins Played
Michael Carrick MF Man Utd 95 1 90
Darron Gibson MF Everton 81 1 77
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 75 1 90
Daley Blind MF Man Utd 70 1 90
Marouane Fellaini MF Man Utd 70 1 90

Manchester United completely dominate this area as they retained possession well throughout the game against Crystal Palace. Where LvG won’t be pleased is that it took a Juan Mata strike, as a sub, to make the difference.

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