Top 5 Premier League Player Rankings: Rooney Shines In Manchester Derby

on December 09 2012 5:34 PM
Top 5 Premier League Player Rankings: Rooney Shines In Manchester Derby

5) Michu – Swansea’s star man scored two more goals in Swansea’s unfortunate loss against Norwich City. Although the Swans lost, Michu showed why he is the signing of the season. He is undoubtedly one of the league’s best strikers and a real coup for Michael Laudrup. Michu could easily move to a much bigger club but for the meantime, he can easily help Swansea fight for a Europa League place.

4) Nikica Jelavic – The Everton striker scored the Toffee’s winner over Spurs after the 90th minute. Jelavic has struggled to find playing time this season but last season he showed tremendous form and rivalled Papiss Cisse for the signing of the January transfer window. Everton have coped without the Croatian striker but his goal this weekend really helped them push on and go level on points with Spurs and break back into the top four. They now sit three points behind Chelsea who have just left for the FIFA World Club’s Cup.

3) James McCarthy – Wigan played QPR at the DW this weekend and drew 2-2. James McCarthy scored both of Wigan’s goals as he proved to be vital in their efforts to salvage something from the match. They were losing 2-1 after goals from Nelsen and Cisse but McCarthy scored two minutes after Cisse put QPR in the lead. McCarthy was previously liked with a move to Liverpool but he opted to stay at Wigan for game time. He is proving to be quite the midfielder and a vital cog in the Wigan Athletic machine.

2) Fernando Torres – The Chelsea striker is the main reason why Roberto Di Matteo lost his job. He has been put under immense pressure by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich but is he now showing his true colours. He scored in Chelsea’s win a Nordjaelland in the week and this weekend he scored twice in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Sunderland. Even though Torres won the UEFA Champions League Golden Boot, people still doubt his talent. Personally I think he is still one of the best strikers in the World.

1) Wayne Rooney – What can I say? Two sweet goals in the Manchester derby and ultimately controlled the match. After Robin van Persie has outshined Rooney’s goal return, Sir Alex Ferguson asked Rooney to get more goals. Now with four in two games, I think we can say Wayne Rooney has taken Sir Alex’s advice. It was a brilliant game against City and Rooney’s goals  in the first half knocked City back for six as they were shunned and astonished by Manchester United’s counter attacking football. Although RvP scored the winner, he didn’t do much all game. Wayne Rooney was simply sublime.