It's been a weekend of comeback victories for the two Manchester clubs as the title race took yet another turn. City and United both had substitute winners to complete their victories against their respective opponents whilst Chelsea failed to keep up, drawing to Liverpool despite a decent defensive display.
Strikers in particular had an excellent weekend with goals galore and such impressive performances from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Andy Carroll and Emannuel Adebayor don't even register as unlucky to miss out. Anyway here we go with this weeks Team of the Weekend, Enjoy!
GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen - Save after save was made by Jaaskelainen against Newcastle at St James' Park to help West Ham to an impressive point away from home. Tested on a fair few occasions, the keeper stepped up time and time again to maintain the Hammers lead. His save to stop Demba Ba's goal bound header particularly stood out.
Unlucky to miss out: Asmir Begovic
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta - Handed the opportunity at right back with David Luiz injured, Azpilicueta stepped back into the Chelsea defence and played with a freedom and energy expected of a top right back. Arguably Chelsea's best player on Sunday, he managed the attacking threat of Enrique with ease and even found the time to get forward and offer an extra attacking outlet.
Unlucky to miss out: Nathaniel Clyne
CB: Ryan Shawcross - Following a week that saw Shawcross linked with a multitude of England's top clubs all eyes were on the centre back as he lined up against QPR. Once again the Englishman impressed playing a key part in holding off the threat of Mr Hughes' men. Leadership, strength, composure and confidence were all on show as Shawcross' stock continues to rise.
Unlucky to miss out: John Terry
CB: Kasper Gorkss - The bright light in Readings defence this season, Gorkss put in yet another strong performance for the Royals a style secured yet another point, this time against Norwich. Marshalled his defence well with a composure and led from the front with a dominant display against the power of Grant Holt.
Unlucky to miss out: Garry Monk
LB: Leighton Baines - I'm beginning to sound like a broken record such is the regularity with which Baines features in this team, but another virtuoso performance against Sunderland earned his place nice again. With Baines you have a left back and a winger rolled into one, an awesome attacking force with the understanding that defending is of foremost importance to his role. Best left back in Europe?
Unlucky to miss out: Ryan Bertrand
WG: Bryan Ruiz - If it wasn't for the actions of Dimitar Berbatov and the Costa Rican forward, Fulham would've stood no chance of getting back into the match against Arsenal. Mercurial all afternoon, Ruiz posed problems to the Arsenal defence time after time to devastating effect. The skill to burst into the Arsenal box and entice Arteta into bringing him down showed great natural talent.
Unlucky to miss out: Adel Taarabt
CM: David Silva - A return to the first team action after a month out and City will be delighted to see the Spaniard return to their side as they aim to kickstart their season. Started slowly but grew more influential as the game wore on, implementing his full range of creative skills to devestating effect. A moment of individual class, a beautiful chipped pass by Silva for Dzeko's winner proved the difference.
Unlucky to miss out: Sandro
CM: Gaston Ramirez - It's taken a while due to injury but finally Southampton are reaping the benefits of their record transfer signing as Ramirez took control of the game against Swansea on Saturday. Despite showing signs of indecision at times his confidence to have a pop at goal with regularity is admirable and almost paid off once or twice. Alongside Lallana and Lambert, the trio will have to be consistently on their top form if the Saints are to stay up.
Unlucky to miss out: Marouane Fellaini
WG: Theo Walcott - Yet another impressive game from the England winger, finally beginning to show a consistency that Arsenal desperately need. Still frustrating at times, but his penetrative runs at the Fulham defence caused panic time and time again, justified as Walcott picked up two assists to his name. A decent return for the player, well worthy of a contract extension.
Unlucky to miss out: James Morrison
ST: Chicarito - Comparisons have been drawn between the Mexican and former United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Chicarito's second half hat-trick against Villa snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Incisive finishing was on order at a time when it looked like United may not break through, and Ferguson will be delighted to know that beyond RVP and Rooney he has yet another top class option.
Unlucky to miss out: Olivier Giroud
ST: Dimitar Berbatov - Berbatov is fast turning out to be the signing of the season having hit the ground running for Fulham this season. Against Arsenal, his sublime skill and reading of play was a class above the home sides defence and the two goals he grabbed were just reward for an excellent performance. Still is arguably one of the leagues best strikers.
Unlucky to miss out: Andreas Weimann
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