Premier League team of the weekend: Man United and Liverpool stars included

first_img Defensive midfield: Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland) – He might not have run around with the bluster of Lee Cattermole but yet another assured performance from the German helped the Black Cats to victory. The £750,000 Sam Allardyce chucked in Bayern Munich’s direction now seems like a bargain. Left wing: Fabio Borini (Sunderland) – The ex-Liverpool man has found it tough to find any kind of consistency in recent years, but was superb in the Black Cats’ vital win over Norwich. He won the penalty which he scored, assisted Jermain Defoe for the second after making a good run down the flank and was generally a nuisance, making two successful tackles. Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – Another hat-trick for the hotshot takes him to 21 for the Premier League season in just 2039 minutes. That means the Argentine is making the net billow every 97 minutes, compared to Harry Kane (every 133 minutes), Jamie Vardy (every 135 minutes). 11 There were more thrills and spills in the Premier League at the weekend as the battles at the top and the bottom of the table took new twists.Leicester City’s controversial 2-2 draw with West Ham means Tottenham could close the gap at the summit to just five points, if they defeat Stoke City on Monday night.Meanwhile, Norwich City lost to Sunderland, and Newcastle United grabbed another win to add extra spice to the fight for survival.Elsewhere, Man City thrashed causeless Chelsea, while Liverpool and Manchester United registered wins.But who were the individual stars across Saturday and Sunday? Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s Premier League team of the weekend… Right back: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – The Ecuadorian had a tough act to follow after Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s recent displays at full-back but did well in his first 90 minutes since October. A smart assist for Marcus Rashford’s goal will have given him more confidence too. 11 11 Striker: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) – In a relatively inexperienced team, the England star managed to fire in ten shots on Artur Boruc’s goal, scoring once. His header was excellent, while flicks like the one that led to Roberto Firmino’s goal show his class in the penalty area. Roy Hodgson must have one hell of a headache working out which strikers to take to France. 11 Centre back: Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) – The Argentine slipped home the Toffees equaliser against Southampton as they attempt to keep their season from descending into farce. He and John Stones did well to keep the physical imposing Graziano Pelle relatively quiet. Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The crafty Belgian has hit the ground running since his return from injury and was a constant menace against his former club Chelsea. Under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, if he knuckles down and stays clear of injury, he could become one of the best in the world. 11 Left back: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) – The ex-Ipswich man looked like being the match-winner for the Hammers with his volley crashing into the top corner. It rounded off a decent match for the English star, who handled the tricky Riyad Mahrez well. 11 11 11 11 11 Centre back: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – Finally things appear to be clicking for the ex-Valencia star. He and Eliaquim Mangala were excellent against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and they were at it again to deny Chelsea on Saturday evening. Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes (Watford) – Click the right arrow above to see the rest of our team… – Once considered a laughing stock after a series of unfortunate errors at Tottenham, the Brazilian is now the only Premier League goalkeeper to have saved two penalties in one game on two occasions. He outwitted Saido Berahino on Saturday to ensure the Hornets claimed a 1-0 victory. 11 Right wing: Andros Townsend (Newcastle United) – The £12m January signing is beginning to find his feet at St James’ Park with two goals and two assists in his last three games. He will be vital for their survival hopes and his five successful tackles against Swansea (more than any other player on the day) will endear him to supporters too. last_img read more