The midweek fixtures gave us all a little treat with more football on show in the Premier League but which 11 really caught they eye to make the Premier League team of midweek?
Here is our opinion...
GK: Jussi Jaaskelainen
Although on the losing side he could do nothing about Robin Van Persie’s opener. His inclusion does not tell a tale of United dominance but when called upon the veteran Finn demonstrated once again that he still has the ability to perform at the highest level after over a decade.
Unlucky to miss out: Brad Guzan
DC: Jonny Evans
Had the unenviable task of dealing with West Ham’s approach to football but did so with aplomb. His ground work as usual was impressive and he stepped up as the senior centre back providing Chris Smalling with plenty of encouragement throughout.
Unlucky to miss out: Aaron Hughes
DC: Matija Nastasic
For large portions of this game Wigan looked ready to spring a surprise and while Vincent Kompany was as good as always it was the young Serbian who stood out with a solid performance at the back to keep The Lactics at bay before City finally clicked into gear.
Unlucky to miss out: Ryan Bennett
DR: Ronnie Stam
Nobody deserved to be on the losing side less in midweek then the Dutchman. Deployed as Wigan’s wing-back he had the running of Gareth Barry and Pablo Zabaleta for the majority of the game going forward and while defensively out of position at times that was always going to be an occupational hazard playing wing-back against the champions.
Unlucky to miss out: Kyle Walker
DL: Ben Davies
There was plenty of competition for the best left-back this week but Davies nicks it as his attacking link-up was also superb; combined with his excellent defensive work it was another good day at the office for Neil Taylor’s injury replacement.
Unlucky to miss out: Luke Shaw
MF: Moussa Dembele
A lack of match fitness saw Dembele toil in the second half but his first-half performance was a delightful cameo of his abilities. Winning the ball and distributing it with ease he outshone opposite number Joe Allen until his weary legs gave in. Spurs fans will hope it is a sign of things to come.
Unlucky to miss out: Kevin Nolan
MF: Steven Pienaar
Was a bustling ball of strength and energy in the Everton midfield; happy to drop in field to collect the play and as always linking up brilliantly with Leighton Baines down the left-hand side.
Unlucky to miss out: Steven N’Zonzi
United fans have wanted to see the Brazilian get more of a chance in the Premier League and he did not disappoint at Old Trafford. He is far from perfect but his strength, passing ability and forward thinking attitude injected much needed pace into the heart of United’s midfield.
Unlucky to miss out: Maraoune Fellaini
RW: Wayne Routledge
Grabbed a couple of goals to go with a great performance against West Brom. Swansea easily put in the performance of the week and Routledge was at the centre of most of that fine work along with Ki, Hernandez and Michu.
Unlucky to miss out: Robert Snodgrass
LW: Gareth Bale
Just like the weekend game against West Ham the Welshman flew out the traps like a thoroughbred racehorse slicing through Liverpool’s defence like a warm knife in butter. He has clearly been practicing his once deadly free-kicks as he looked potent from set-plays and he even gave me a good five minutes worth of belly laughter when he scored an own goal right off his nose. That minor blip does not belittle his performance.
Unlucky to miss out: Pablo Hernandez
Once again the bewildering advanced midfield play of the Spanish sensation caught another team asleep but on this occasion it was the recently faultless West Brom who were put to the sword by Michu. He grabbed a goal and was a constant threat for Steve Clarke’s defence and just edges Villa’s goal-scoring hero for the front-man spot.
Unlucky to miss out: Christian Benteke
Who would be in your team of mid-week?
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