Premier League team of the week

May 19, 2015 4:25 PM

GK: Kasper Schmeichel

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Joe Hart's save from point-blank range to deny Swansea's Federico Fernandez was top class, but the England 'keeper just misses out in favour of Schmeichel. A key aspect of Leicester's amazing charge to safety has been that they've kept five clean sheets in their last six games, and Schmeichel has played a huge role in making that happen, and he was in fine form again against Sunderland.

RB: Antonio Valencia

Valencia is starting to really look the part at the back for United. The Ecuador international certainly didn't inspire confidence the last time United met Arsenal, with his wayward backpass resulting in Danny Welbeck's goal, but it was a different story this time around.

CB: Chris Smalling 

Smalling has become an increasingly more central figure under Van Gaal, and his performance against Arsenal was beffiting of a player who has been entrusted with the captain's armband.

CB: Ryan Shawcross

Shawcross' no-nonsense approach doesn't often get many plaudits, and his hard-hitting style doesn't appeal to everyone, but it is effective. Under Mark Hughes, Shawcross has continued to blossom.

LB: Danny Rose

The Tottenham defense was seldom troubled by the Hull attack and the home side's left back was arguably the pick of the bunch. Rose gets selected for combing defensive solidity while contributing in attack and was rewarded for his efforts with a well-constructed goal.

RMF: Yannick Bolasie

The Crystal Palace winger was a thorn in the side of Liverpool throughout Steven Gerrard's farewell match at Anfield and was a touch unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself, but was involved in all three goals for the visitors.

CMF: Yaya Toure

The big Ivorian has been linked with a move away from the Etihad but reminded the Man City powers that be what they will be missing out on if he departs. Toure dominated the midfield areas and scored two goals - even if the first took a massive deflection - in an entertaining match against Swansea.

LMF: Leroy Fer

This season has not been one Queens Park Rangers will want to remember, for obvious reasons, but the Dutchman's form in the latter parts of the season has been a highlight. His ability was clearly for all to see as QPR produced a smart turnaround against Newcastle following Fer's smashing winner.

FW: Shane Long

Forget the goal and even some of the silky build up play, what impressed the most about Long against Aston Villa was his termendous work rate. Many strikers tend to get a little lazy at times, but deployed in a deeper role Long was anything but. Had a big impact on attack and chasing back to defend.

FW: Saido Berahino

A late entry after his double against Chelsea on Monday, West Brom fans will be hoping that Berahino's return to form continues into next season after the youngster endured a slump of note after impressing early in the campaign.

FW: Sadio Mane 

A hat-trick inside of three minutes is an incredible achievement in itself, but Mane's goals were class, leaving the best for last with a sumptuous side-footed finish.


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