Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week 33
Arsenal regained third place as Chelsea dropped points at Liverpool and Spurs stunned everyone with their late comeback to beat the champions Manchester City. But the big winners this week were Manchester United who clinched their 20th league title with a convincing 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
Elsewhere, it was a terrible weekend for Wigan and Villa as Stoke, Sunderland and Norwich all claimed maximum points. Wigan are three points adrift of Villa but they have a game in hand. The two face each other at the DW Stadium on the final day and it looks like that may be the key game in deciding who joins QPR and Reading in the Championship next season.
The Premier League only produced 22 goals this weekend but it was jam-packed with action and talking points. I will get my teeth into Luis Suarez later, but here is my Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham United)
Another impressive performance from the Hammer keeper, this time keeping a clean sheet against a threatening Wigan side.
Right Back: Stanislav Manolev (Fulham)
Although he was on the losing side, Manolev was very impressive up and down the right flank, defending strongly and providing another outlet for attack.
Centre Back: James Collins (West Ham United)
Yet again Collins finds himself in the team of the week thanks to a strong and commanding display in the heart of defence, this time in the 2-0 win over Wigan.
Centre Back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
Arguably Arsenal’s best player this season, Mertesacker got the goal that secured all three points for the Gunners at Fulham.
Left Back: Danny Rose (Sunderland)
The on-loan left back was lively in both attack and defence, providing Everton with problems galore when he bombed forward.
Right Midfield: Elliot Bennett (Norwich City)
It was a lively performance from Bennett. He finally got the winning goal after a number of chances.
Centre Midfield: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)
The French midfielder was the most dangerous player Newcastle had at West Brom, creating opportunities and chances for his team mates to attack.
Centre Midfield: Alfred N’Diaye (Sunderland)
N’Diaye’s strength and stamina was crucial to Sunderland’s 1-0 victory over Everton. The young midfielder covered well and broke up the play effectively.
Left Midfield: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Another impressive display from Bale, this time providing a stunning assist and a beautiful goal in Spurs’ 3-1 victory over Manchester city.
Right Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Sturridge had a point to prove against Chelsea and he did just that, scoring early in the second half before providing the cross for Suarez to level the game late on.
Left Striker: Robin Van Persie (Manchester United)
A first half hat-trick from the Flying Dutchman was the cause of United’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, securing The Red Devils’ 20th league championship.
Sebastian Bassong (Norwich City), Kevin Nolan (West Ham United), Peter Crouch (Stoke City).
Manager of the Week: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
I could easily give this to Andre Villas-Boas for his side's amazing turn-around against Manchester City, but Fergie wins it this week after his dominant United side claimed yet another Premier League trophy with a 3-0 over Aston Villa.
Goal of the Week: Robin Van Persie (Manchester United)
What a goal from RVP! No I don’t mean the clinical tap in in the opening minutes! Not many people have been talking about this one, it was only a 40-yard pass from Rooney to Van Persie who volleyed it perfectly into the far corner from 20 yards. Nothing special then?!
Controversy of the Week: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Dear me Luis. Just what are we going to do with you? You can’t just go around biting people on the football pitch you know? That’s just naughty! I feel the Uruguayan may have bitten off more than he can chew this time.
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