Premier League

Premier League Team of the Weekend – 11/12 February

The best of the bunch from this weekend.

Victor Valdes

Faced with an Everton attack in rampant form after thrashing Bournemouth last weekend, Victor Valdes showed his class with another solid display. Boro maintained their excellent defensive record and, while a draw was far from perfect, they kept themselves away from the bottom three.

Antonio Valencia

With Juan Mata given the freedom to drift centrally, Antonio Valencia is crucial in providing width down Manchester United’s right.

As a result, he is possibly United’s most important player at the moment as Mourinho’s men continue to go from strength to strength.

Michael Keane

Keane’s reputation took another boost this weekend as he becalmed Diego Costa and cleared Chelsea’s relentless attacking with monotonous regularity.

After a shaky start, Keane, along with the rest of Burnley’s defence, regained his composure to keep Chelsea at bay for the remainder of the match.

Alfie Mawson

His finish deserved all the plaudits it received, even if his celebration left a little to be desired.

Mawson’s defending, though, was the most impressive element of his performance. The Swans, if they are to secure safety, must build on their last two defensive displays and Mawson will be right at the heart of that.

Ryan Bertrand

Southampton ended a rotten run of recent away form as they brought Sunderland crashing back to earth. Bertrand was key to the Saints’ success, picking up an assist and defending calmly as Southampton notched only their second clean sheet in nine league games.

Georginio Wijnaldum

In the praise for Liverpool’s attacking players, the performances of Georginio Wijnaldum have too often been forgotten.

The former Newcastle man helps Liverpool tick through the middle third and showed his worth as he produced a calculated pass for Mane to score the opener on Saturday evening.

Paul Pogba

Playing in a pivot with Ander Herrera, Pogba dominated Watford’s midfield throughout. Gomes had to be at his best to deny him a goal, with the Frenchman often the starting point for Manchester United’s attacking moves.

Defensive responsibility did not seem to restrict Pogba’s play, which could see Mourinho use that two man midfield more frequently.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Continuing in central midfield despite Arsenal’s woes against Chelsea last time out, Chamberlain was superb against Hull.

His powerful ball-carrying was paired with tenacious play when out of possession, as Arsenal’s utility man staked a significant claim for a long-term midfield role.

Sadio Mane

Liverpool are a different (better) team with Sadio Mane. Their reliance on Mane is a concern for Klopp, but his breath-taking first half display against Spurs at least calmed some of the ill-judged calls of crisis.

He tormented Eric Dier and Ben Davies throughout the match and must stay fit if Liverpool are to put up a fight for a top four sport.

Manuel Lanzini

West Ham have swept Dimitri Payet long into the history books with their recent form, which is in part down to individual performances like Manuel Lanzini’s this weekend.

Having four shots and registering a pass accuracy over 90%, Lanzini was a threat throughout and capped his afternoon’s work with a well struck goal from range.

Manolo Gabbiadini

Gabbiadini has got off to a flier in the Premier League. Scoring a stunning goal on his debut, the Italian followed it up with a brace.

His second goal was one of the best of the weekend, the former Napoli striker could be the forward that Southampton have craved.