Thirty-one goals were scored across the ten Premier League matches this weekend, including nine between Swansea City and Crystal Palace in what was undoubtedly the game of the weekend. 4-3 down going into injury time, Bob Bradley’s men somehow earned all three points thanks to a quick-fire double at the death from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente. It was the American’s first win as Swansea boss with a result that lifts his side off the bottom of the table.
Meanwhile, the top of the table changed hands three times over the course of Saturday afternoon as Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea all picked up maximum points. City got the weekend underway with a hard-fought victory away at Burnley before Liverpool returned to the summit hours later with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland at Anfield. However, it was Antonio Conte’s Chelsea who ended the weekend top of the pile with a 2-1 over Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal kept within touching distance of the teams above with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Sunday while Manchester United fell further behind with another draw at Old Trafford, that’s four home league draws in a row for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Elsewhere there were 1-0 wins for Stoke City and Southampton over Watford and Everton respectively while reigning champions Leicester City drew at home to Middlesbrough with Hull City and West Bromwich Albion finishing one apiece on Saturday afternoon.
The MUFCLatest team of the week is as follows:
GK: Darren Randolph – West Ham United: It seems like every visiting keeper is having the game of their lives when they play at Old Trafford recently and West Ham’s Darren Randolph was no different in his sides 1-1 draw yesterday. The Irish keeper made a string of saves to frustrate Jose Mourinho’s side.
RB: Victor Moses – Chelsea: The Nigerian international is thriving under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte despite being played out of position. Moses is being deployed as a right wing-back in Chelsea’s 3-4-3 system but that isn’t stopping the 25-year-old from getting in on the action. He netted his third league goal of the season on Saturday against Spurs, which happened to be the winner.
CB: Angelo Ogbonna – West Ham United: It was a backs to the wall job for Ogbonna’s West Ham despite taking an early lead at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Italian made more interceptions than any other Hammers player and made a vital block on Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come away with a good point.
CB: Virgil van Dijk – Southampton: Van Dijk’s stock is rising on a weekly basis and if he carries on putting in solid performances week in week out, Southampton will have a job on trying to keep hold of him. The defender made five interceptions in his sides 1-0 win over Everton, the most of any player on the pitch.
LB: James Milner – Liverpool: Another solid display by the out of position James Milner at left-back. He helped his side to a clean sheet and capped it off with a goal from the spot in added time, his fifth of the season.
CM: Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea City: Swansea’s Icelandic international had a big part to play in what was undoubtedly the game of the weekend as the Swan’s came from behind to win 5-4 in the dying minutes. Sigurdsson scored his side’s first goal, leveling proceedings at 1-1 before teeing up Fernando Llorente to score the equaliser to make it 4-4 minutes before Llorente grabbed his second and Swansea’s fifth to win 5-4!
CM: Jordan Henderson – Liverpool: As a United fan, it’s hard seeing Liverpool doing so well and a lot of the praise is down to their skipper Jordan Henderson. He made over 100 passes for the third time this season and claimed the assist for Liverpool’s opener.
CM: Leroy Fer – Swansea City: The Dutch midfielder has already equaled his best return for a Premier League season after just 12 games. He scored 6 goals for QPR during the 2014-15 season and his double on Saturday in the 5-4 win over Crystal Palace sees him move onto half a dozen goals already.
FW: Fernando Llorente – Swansea City: The Spanish striker is the third Swans player in this weeks team of the week and rightly so, not bad for a second half sub, eh? He replaced Wayne Routledge midway through the second half with his side winning 2-1. Going into injury time, the Swans were 4-3 down, however, the Spaniard netted twice to ensure Swansea climb off the bottom of the table with an astonishing 5-4 win.
FW: Alvaro Negredo – Middlesbrough: The on-loan forward netted his first goals since the opening weekend of the season to draw with reigning champions Leicester City on Saturday. His double either side of half-time looked set to give Middlesbrough an important win but for Leicester scoring a late, late penalty when Wes Morgan was brought down in the box.
FW: Josh Sims – Southampton: The 19-year-old put in a man of the match performance on his debut in the 1-0 win over Everton and also set up Charlie Austin’s first-minute goal which turned out to be the winner. Looks like Southampton have produced another young starlet.