The atmosphere was frenetic in some match venues and drab in other venues, but it was still an exciting weekend of football action, even fans that went to welcome Baba still had time to enjoy football. Using a 3-4-3 formation, here’s our team of the week.
Goalkeeper – Jack Butland
Top of Joe Hart’s prayer list right now will be for something ‘mysteriously bad’ to happen to his compatriot – Jack Butland, because with Butland’s blistering performance against Arsenal, Hart can very well kiss the England National Team No. 1 spot ‘Goodbye’.
Central Defender – Eric Bailly
Bailly’s primary aim against Swansea City was to prevent United from shipping-in goals. The Ivorian not only did that effectively, he also had the luxury of recording his first goal for the Red Devils. Good job Bailly.
Central Defender – Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire couldn’t really have had a more difficult start to his Leicester City career than conceding four goals in the defeat at Arsenal, but he made up for it by getting his first goal for the club and ultimately ensuring that they kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Brighton.
Defender – Marc Bartra
We don’t know which caught our eye more – seeing the Spaniard score an unusual goal or him dedicating the goal to the victims of the Barcelona attack. Whichever it was was more than enough reason to get him in our coveted team of the week.
Midfielder – Marcos Alonso
The question on the lips of many Chelsea fans lips is – “Who needs Alex Sandro, when we have Marcos Alonso?”. The Spaniard not only scored a stunning free kick against Tottenham but also went on to net Chelsea’s late winner at Wembley to secure a much-needed three points for his side and get his team kicking.
Midfielder – Aaron Mooy
Wondering why Huddersfield Town are currently seated 2nd on the English Premier League table? Look no further, this Australaian is one of the reasons. His brilliance and industry, downed Newcastle, and handed Huddersfield Town their second victory in as many games.
Midfielder – Toni Kroos
Like Modric, the German put in another midfield dominating display. He picked his passes with ease and his late runs into the box were always a threat. Got a deserved goal later on in the game.
Midfielder – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
He stretched City’s defence and caused no end of trouble. Great work and cross for Wayne Rooney’s goal. The young England starlet was by a mile Everton’s best player at the Etihad Stadium.
Forward – Neymar
Back to back appearances in our Team of the Week and the Brazilian doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. Neymar scored two, assisted another two at the Parc des Princes in a 6-2 win over Toulouse and still had more than enough time to throw shades at Barcelona’s directors.
Forward – Sadio Mane
Philippe Coutinho might be Liverpool’s Poster-boy, but Mane is arguably Liverpool’s most effective player. He has been the standout player in an average side so far this season, and against Watford on Saturday, was no different.
Forward – Mauro Icardi
He missed more than 4 weeks of pre-season, and then on the first weekend of the season he scores two goals inside 15 minutes. That’s Mauro Icardi for you, ‘Unpredictable’ is an understatement.
Written by Patrick Echatah, @patrickechatah on twitter