This was the toughest team award decision so far this season. Although Arsenal ripped United apart in the first half & Man City ripped Newcastle apart in the second half. Southampton, after going a goal down at Stamford Bridge, performed in both half’s for an impressive come from behind victory, to leave Mourinho and Chelsea in disarray.
GOALKEEPER: HEURELHO GOMEZ (Watford)
This week was not brimming with great goalkeeper performances but Gomez more than stood out. While his team mates were putting in a lackluster performance, he was on top of his game to thwart Bournemouth’s efforts with some important saves but none more important than a crucial penalty save five minutes from time. Shout out also to Liverpool’s Mignolet, Arsenal’s Cech, Spurs’ Lloris, Swansea’s Fabianski and WBA Myhill.
DEFENDER: PHIL JAGIELKA (Everton)
This was another tough decision but only due to there being not many outstanding defensive performances. Though the teams were fairly equal at Goodison, when Liverpool did have a few opportunities he was on hand to snuff out the danger. In a tough, gruelling derby battle, he was as good in the air as he was on the ground. Well done also to Stoke’s Johnson, Arsenal’s Mertesacker, Gabriel, Bellarin & Monreal, Swansea’s Williams, Man City’s Kolarov, Southampton duo Soares & Van Dijk and Crystal Palace’s Dann.
MIDFIELDER: ALEXIS SANCHEZ (Arsenal)
Another close call where a fair few players were in contention but I went for the man bang in form, with another two goals. Though his team mates played important roles in the first half demolition of United, he was the catalyst in that destruction. Shout out also to his team mates Ozil & Cazorla, Swansea duo Montero & Ayew, Tottenham’s Eriksen, Crystal Palace duo Zaha & Bolasie, Stoke’s Arnautovic, Man City duo De Bruyne & Silva, Sunderland duo Toivonen & M’Villa, Leicester’s Schlupp also Southampton duo Mane & Davis.
FORWARD: SERGIO AGUERO (Man City)
Obviously the easiest decision I have made thus far and probably will make. He has been surprisingly below par this season but we all knew it was only a matter of time until he hit top form and unfortunately for Newcastle, it was against them. It was a five star masterclass. Newcastle just could not cope. Well done also to Everton’s Lukaku, Arsenal’s Walcott, Southampton’s Pelle, Watford’s Ighalo, Norwich’s Mbokani and Leicester’s Vardy.
MANAGER: ARSENE WENGER (Arsenal)
Although Southampton’s Koeman should get loads of praise for the way his team came from behind at Stamford Bridge. The type of pass and move football that Arsenal destroyed Man Utd with in the first 20 minutes was a joy to watch. It was pass and move perfect and a thing a beauty. It doesn’t happen all the time but it is the type of football we have come accustomed to from Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.
UNSUNG HERO: SADIO MANE (Southampton)
I wouldn’t exactly call him unsung but I still feel he deserved to be up here for his consistency and almost talisman like performances. He seems to be Southampton’s driving force and unlikely go to guy. It was no coincidence he was linked to Man Utd at the end of last season. Against Chelsea his tireless runs, industry and attacking threat helped turn it around for the Saints at Stamford Bridge for yet another influential performance.
GAME: CHELSEA 1-3 SOUTHAMPTON
Chelsea opened the scoring when Willian curled in a superb free kick from just outside the left side of the box, into the top right hand corner of the net (10). Southampton equalised just before half time when Fonte played a long diagonal ball to Pelle on the edge of the box. He out muscled Cahill to chest it down for Davis to run onto, and hit first time on the volley into the bottom corner of the net (44). In the second half, Pelle played a ball into Mane who rolled Terry outside the box, then slipped the ball under Begovic (60). Southampton then doubled their lead when Hazard gave the ball away. Mane collected the ball and ran from his own half, before sliding it to Pelle on the right, who from inside the box, expertly finished in the far corner of the net (72).
GOAL: JEREMAIN LENS (Sunderland) v West Ham
West Ham defender Reid was forced to slide in just in front of Lens as a short ball was played back to him. M’Villa made it to the loose ball first and with Reid out of position, played a first time ball in the path of Lens’ run. From 25 yards out, with the defender closing him down, Lens chipped a delightful, first time effort over the keeper and in off the underside of the bar. Shout out also to Chelsea’s Willian, Tottenham’s Eriksen and Man City’s De Bruyne.
FOOL: JOSE MOURINHO (Chelsea)
Mr wally with a brolly McClaren will be happy for Mourinho’s defeat and 7 minute rant otherwise he would be up here. That also goes for Harry Kane and Jeremain Lens. But after another defeat the “special one” is now under some real pressure. Instead of rolling up his sleeves and taking it on the chin. He cried like a baby and blamed everyone else for his team’s woes in the interview. You know what they say when the going gets tough Mr Mourinho? Or rather, if you can’t take the heat? Better yet mate, just grow a pair. FOOL!