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It was a bitter sweet moment for Manchester United as they defeated Swansea 2-1 on Sunday. After the game, the newly crowned champions were presented their trophy, but the final whistle also represented Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game at Old Trafford.
Ferguson will be replaced next season by Everton boss David Moyes who also recorded a victory – 2-0 win over West Ham – in his last home game in charge.
Liverpool will be one club hoping they can fully take advantage of Ferguson’s absence next season and they showed they are a team on the up with a 3-1 destruction of Fulham on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle were all winners at the weekend while Manchester City and Arsenal eased to three points on Tuesday.
Wigan became the third team to be relegated from the Premier League when they lost 4-1 to Arsenal.
We’ve gone with a 4-4-2 formation this week.
GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Stoke surprised Tottenham early in their match on Sunday with a well worked set-piece to take the lead within three minutes. In fact, Stoke had Spurs pinned back for good periods and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did very well not to concede a second goal.
His command of his penalty area was impressive and vital for his side as they came from behind to grab three vital points with a 2-1 victory.
RB: Micah Richards (Manchester City)
Micah Richards captained Manchester City’s first game post-Mancini in his familiar right-back role, helping them to a 2-0 win over Reading on Tuesday. He was solid and actually shifted to central defence after an early injury to Kolo Toure.
He may have a future at the Etihad after all.
LB: Danny Rose (Sunderland)
Danny Rose has been excellent ever since Paolo Di Canio took over for Sunderland and this was the case again in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton. His team-mate on the opposite flank Phil Bardsley may have got himself on the score sheet for the Black Cats but Rose was the standout full-back in the Barclays Premier League this week.
CB: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
Capped of a very good season for Manchester United with another notable display in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea. I’ve been accused of giving up defensive spots in this column to goal scoring defenders in the past but if you smash home the last goal at Old Trafford in the Sir Alex Ferguson era to win the game for United, how can you argue against that?
CB: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle)
Many factors have turned Newcastle’s season of promise into one where they avoided relegation from the Premier League by the skin of their teeth instead. One of the reasons has to be skipper Fabricio Coloccini because without him in the heart of defence, the Toon look very vulnerable.
He was a rock at the back in Sunday’s 2-1 win over QPR, preserving three points which may have saved Alan Pardew’s job as Newcastle manager.
RM: Kevin Mirallas (Everton)
Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Premier League and helped give Manchester-bound manager David Moyes the perfect send off at Goodison. The Belgium international scored twice on Sunday to give Moyes a 2-0 win over West Ham in his last home game as Everton boss.
LM: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Santi Cazorla has had a good season for Arsenal but in truth he has been a little inconsistent as the Gunners have been as well. When he is on, he is devastating; when he is off, not so much. Luckily, the Spaniard was very much in the mood on Tuesday laying on no less than four assists in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Wigan.
CM: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Three points for Chelsea. Two goals for Frank Lampard. One Blues’ record broken. Super Frank etched his name into the history books with his 203rd strike for the Stamford Bridge outfit to break Bobby Tambling's goal scoring record at Chelsea.
His first came after Eden Hazard rolled him the ball from the right flank before he fired home a curling left-footed effort. That made it 1-1 with Aston Villa and the winner came with just minutes remaining, Hazard cutting the ball across goal for Lampard to poke home.
I’ve said it before here: New contract for Lampard please.
CM: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Liverpool fans must be drooling at the prospect of seeing Philippe Coutinho linking up with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge for a full campaign next season. The January deadline day signing has really caught the eye with his vision and range of passing.
Coutinho was again the conductor of a Reds’ win – setting up Sturridge for his third goal in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Fulham.
FC: Clint Dempsey (Tottenham)
Clint Dempsey has come in for some criticism this season after failing to reproduce the form he showed with Fulham at White Hart Lane. But he seems to be hitting the right gear just when Spurs needed it most. Spurs could not afford to even draw Sunday’s game against Stoke and thanks to Dempsey’s quick thinking for his goal, and cross for Adebayor to score, Spurs won 2-1 and stay in the hunt for a top-four finish.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
A hat-trick is always going to get you noticed but Daniel Sturridge absolutely destroyed Fulham in Liverpool’s 3-1 win on Sunday. The first goal in particular must have been painful for Fulham’s coaching staff to watch as the England forward just toyed with their defence before finding the space and angle that he wanted to shoot from.
Special Mention: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
The great man has finally got tired of winning and decided to call it a day. Few people represent the Barclays Premier League better than Sir Alex Ferguson. The Manchester United manager has made it such a wonderful competition to follow and he will be sorely missed.
My own thoughts on the matter are selfish – don’t go, stay for one more season. But I think my wife said it best when she reminded me that the Scot is in his 70s: “Stop being a slave driver. Let him enjoy his retirement.”
Indeed. Enjoy the break. It is more than deserved .