David de Gea – The Spaniard was once again superb on Sunday making a series of brilliant saves to prevent Liverpool from scoring. Although Liverpool have been toothless this season, they managed to create a lot of chances at Old Trafford, and the home side needed their goalkeeper to come to the fore to ensure they had the platform to get three points. Every week, it seems De Gea is getting better and he is now one of the top keepers in the world, surely the Spanish number one shirt is coming his way.
Kieran Trippier – Burnley recorded their most impressive win of the season this weekend and their defence had to be on top form to prevent this season’s surprise package from getting any points this weekend. Kieran Trippier is a full back who has attracted a lot of interest from Premier League clubs in recent years and he has taken to life in the top flight in a very impressive manner. His work rate up and down the right flank was incredible, he is at home at this level.
John Terry – Chelsea managed to recover from a disappointing couple of trips to the North East with a good win over Hull City. The visitors were in poor form, but Chelsea were impressive across the pitch making the result very predictable. The back four defended well, and a key part of that was John Terry, who remains arguably the best centre half in the division. His dominance in the air and his reading of the game meant Hull created very little to threaten his side’s goal.
Joleon Lescott – West Brom ended their poor run of form with a derby day victory over Aston Villa. The free signing of Joleon Lescott has been an excellent acquisition, as he has added quality, leadership and organisation to the back four, while his experience is invaluable. Over their poor run of form, their defence has looked well organised and hard to break down. He made several key challenges and his reading of the game was international class as he once was.
Ben Davies – The former Swansea full back was impressive on his return to his former club in a Tottenham shirt. He was brilliant all game as Swansea got very little joy down his side. A key part of the game was a last ditch tackle made by Davies on Wilfried Bony, which showed he has the ability at the back that Tottenham were hoping for when they signed him in the summer. He faces a battle with Danny Rose for the left back berth at Spurs, but more performances like that and it will be his.
Santi Cazorla – Santi Cazorla was excellent on Saturday. He hasn’t been as consistent as he would have liked since joining Arsenal, but there is no doubt that he has the technical ability to hurt any side. He managed to score twice at the weekend, showing his skills in the final third, while his passing and creativity was excellent throughout as he created chances and linked up play well. His panenka penalty was risky, but he pulled it off, which again showed technical ability.
Frank Lampard – He is one of the best goalscoring midfielders in the history of the modern game. After leaving Chelsea, many expected him to take his last pay day, and that his top flight career was over, but he has turned up at Manchester City on loan. Since the move, he has been brilliant, providing experience and quality to a side that perhaps is a little over enthusiastic, especially in the big games. He scored the winning goal on Saturday and he may be wanted to stay on a longer term at the Etihad Stadium.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace were unlucky not to win at the weekend, as they played well over the ninety minutes. Critics would say that they should be winning matches against the likes of Stoke, but the side are playing well and if they keep it up, they will start to win matches. They have a lot of good options on the wing and Wilfried Zaha played well at the weekend. His pace and dribbling caused Stoke a lot of problems, and he is finally starting to recapture the form that saw his reputation thrive in his first spell at Palace.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea recovered well at the weekend and Eden Hazard was sublime against an out of form Hull City side.His movement for the first goal was excellent as he ghosted in and headed home. He isn’t normally known for his ability with his head, but it was the movement that created his goal. He also laid on the goal for Diego Costa, showing his creativity. He has all the talent to become one of the best players in the world, he just needs consistency,
Juan Mata – Manchester United easily overcame an out of form Liverpool, and it was the performance of Juan Mata that stood out on the day. He hasn’t set the world alight since arriving at Old Trafford, but he has shown flashes of the form he showed while at Chelsea. He scored once at the weekend with a nice finish, before setting another of the goals up. Angel di Maria has come in, but Mata still has the ability to be the focal point of the United midfield, he like Hazard just needs consistency.
Olivier Giroud – The return of Olvier Giroud has been a huge boost for Arsenal, as he provides a focal point and a quality option when it comes to putting the ball in the net. He showed his finishing qualities on Saturday as one goal was a great finish from a tight angle, while the first was a great run and leap to score an excellent header. His link up play was good throughout, as he gave the presence up front for the midfielders to work off. If he stays fit, Arsenal’s attack will benefit massively from that.