This weekend was perfect for Manchester United. Arsenal lost to Swansea, Chelsea were beaten by the Hammers and City were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton. The only thing that could’ve made it better for United was if City lost to the Toffees. Elsewhere, Liverpool beat Southampton and QPR were held by Villa.
5) Tim Howard – The American shot stopper kept Manchester City out, time and time again until Carlos Tevez scored a cool penalty. Without Howard, Everton would have surely been out of the match after twenty minutes. Howard is one of the Toffee’s key players and along with Baines and Fellaini, he will help his team challenge for the Champions League. Everton were unlucky not to take all three points as City’s penalty was very controversial. But that’s football and Everton will be back next week keen to get back to winning ways.
4) Jermain Defoe – If it’s form one is after, look no further than Jermain Defoe. He is perhaps the most on form player in the league and has now scored 12 goals this season. This weekend he scored two goals in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Fulham. He is such a natural finisher and is undoubtedly staking a huge claim to get back in Roy Hodgson’s England team. It’s form like this that keeps the likes of Adebayor out of the Spurs set-up and Danny Welbeck out of the England team. As former England striker Gary Lineker said on Match of the Day “He is on fire.”
3) Jay Tabb – Although United overcame Reading, Tabb was by far the best player on the park. He was absolutely outstanding throughout the entire match. He put most of the United players to shame. He was so influential in every Reading attack and he made it extremely hard for the United midfield to keep tabs on him. It’s just a shame Reading didn’t beat United in the end as his tremendous hard-work will be forgotten. However could Tabb be on the shopping list of a few Premier League managers in January? With a few more performances like that, perhaps.
2) Carlton Cole – Against Chelsea, Cole played like a typical English centre forward. I know it’s a cliché but he held the ball up so well, used his strength to his advantage and scored West Ham’s equaliser. He looks like he’s regaining the form which took him into the England squad a few years ago. What a three points it was for West Ham, as Benitez gets even more stick from the inadequate scoring record of Fernando Torres and his team. I don’t think Cole will ever get back into the England squad but any such form will almost certainly help West Ham survive.
1) Michu – The Spaniard scored two goals in the last five minutes against a far from impressive Arsenal. What a signing he has been for Brian Laudrup. He has been outstanding for the Swans as they have proved that they are a Premier League side. Brian Laudrup himself has picked up the reigns from Brendan Rodgers and continued their amazing form. It’s almost like the blueprints of Swansea were laid down by Roberto Martinez and handed down to Rodgers and now Laudrup. But Michu is the signing of the season bar none.