Manchester City continued their impressive start to the season, while Watford piled more misery on Jose Mourinho’s shoulders with an impressive 3-1 win. Here’s our Team of the Weekend…
Heurelho Gomes (Watford)
A stand-out performance that included a stunning second-half save from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s far post header saw the ex-Spurs stopper help Watford earn their second win of the season.
Put under pressure from set pieces by United trio Ibrahimovic, Smalling and Fellaini, the Brazilian performed heroics and made several crucial clearances.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester)
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Another solid display from the Austrian left-back. Kept it tight at the back and posed a constant threat for his team when going forward. Provided the cross from a free-kick for one of Islam Slimani’s debut goals.
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
A hamstring injury to Danny Rose meant that Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino had to make several changes in defence. Eric Dier dropped back to play centre-back, while Jan Vertonghen made the transition from centre-back to fullback. Vertonghen didn’t look out of place and dealt well with everything that Sunderland threw at him in a composed performance.
Joel Matip (Liverpool)
Gave as good as he got during his battle with Chelsea’s beast of a striker Diego Costa. Matip was criticised for going to ground too easily in the build up to Costa’s goal, but he handled the aggressive Spaniard well for most of the game.
A promising start to his career at Anfield for the young Cameroonian international.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)
Worked well with Matip to keep Costa and co quiet, and even had time to pop up at the other end to score his first league goal for Liverpool to open the scoring. An assured defensive display from the Croat who is finally beginning to look like the kind of player they bought from Southampton more than two years ago.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
The talented youngster provided the perfect response to coach Ronald Koeman after his half-time substitution last weekend. Koeman said he wanted a reaction and he got one, Barkley driving forward at every opportunity during several eye-catching runs.
Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Another week, another man-of-the-match performance from the Belgian star. De Bruyne stood out against Bournemouth as Man City completely dominated from start to finish with an intelligent goal to start the rout.
No wonder coach Pep Guardiola said he rates De Bruyne second only to Lionel Messi.
Gareth Barry (Everton)
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The veteran and 53-times capped England man gave a masterclass on his 600th appearance in the Premier League. A goal and another superb performance at the heart of the Everton side helped the Toffees to an impressive 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.
Boss Ronald Koeman said he thinks that 35-year-old Barry can carry on for at least another two years, and if he carries on in this form then there is no reason to doubt that.
Islam Slimani (Leicester)
A dream debut for the Algerian international saw him net two trademark headers as the Foxes totally outclassed Burnley.
Slimani struck up an instant rapport with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez and with the added aerial threat he gives to the team, Leicester now have a little bit of everything in attack that will pose problems for every Premier League defence. The title defence could well be back on!
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
The Chile international put in an outstanding performance against Hull, despite missing his second consecutive penalty after unilaterally taking over the team’s penalty duties from designated taker Santi Cazorla.
Sanchez’s fast, attacking play and intelligent use of the ball is pivotal to Arsenal’s goal threat, so rumours that Manchester City are interested in signing him should have Arsene Wenger very worried.
Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
South Korean Son gave Sunderland right-back Jason Denayer a difficult afternoon at White Hart Lane, putting in several quality crosses in a performance that may persuade his boss Pochettino that he is worth a place in the starting line-up.
He also struck the outside of the post with a first-half shot that would have been a fitting reward for an impressive, all-action display.