Premier League Team of the Weekend – May 6-7

Manchester City were the five-star performers after thumping Crystal Palace, while Arsenal came out on top in their crunch clash against Jose Mourinho’s United. But how many Reds and Blues made it into the team of the weekend?

Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
The young keeper reminded everyone why he’ll probably be playing in the Premier League next season (most likely with Everton) with the latest of many top-drawer performances this season. Made superb saves from Sam Clucas, Lazar Markovic and Abel Hernandez to thwart Hull and hand the Wearsiders their first win in three months.

Axel Tuanzebe (Man United)
Thrown in at the deep end after Jose Mourinho decided to rest his first-choice players, the young Congo-born defender did not disgrace himself, and in fact looked arguably more composed than the more experienced players around him. Took care of defensive duties well and kept Alexis Sanchez reasonably quiet and looked assured when given the chance to use the ball. A real find!

Alfie Mawson (Swansea)
The young centre back has made a few mistakes in his debut season, but on Saturday he was flawless. Dealt well with the man mountain that is Romelu Lukaku and worked nicely with Frederico Fernandez to help the Swans to a crucial clean sheet. Almost grabbed a goal with a first-half volley.

Vincent Kompany (Man City)
The City captain was his usual reliable self at the back, keeping the Palace attack quiet bar one Benteke header that Willy Caballero was forced to palm away. Organises the back line well and brings an air of calmness that was missing for the majority of the season. Capped a fine game with a stunning first-time strike from Kevin De Bruyne’s pull back to put Pep Guardiola’s men 2-0 up.

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
Has come on in leaps and bounds since signing for the Saints and was in good form against the Reds, taking care of his defensive duties well and supporting attacks with overlapping runs. Would not be a surprise if a bigger team comes in for him soon.

Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
Two assists, a great goal, a free-kick that struck the bar and countless dangerous balls that should have led to even more goals, it was a really productive afternoon for the Belgian, who looks back to his early-season form. Has 22 goals and 28 assists in just 87 games for City. A real touch of class.

David Silva (Man City)
The star of the show for City, just shading midfield partner Kevin De Bruyne for man of the match. Started and finished the move for the opener – his 50th City goal – in just the second minute with one of his trademark ghost-like runs into the box. Spent the rest of the match orchestrating City attacks like a conductor, linking with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling as they ran the Palace defence ragged.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester)
Another superb showing from the winger who has been one of Leicester’s best players in their renaissance. May not be a glamorous name, but was the star performer against Watford as he caused lots of trouble down the flank with lots of quality balls. Rewarded for his efforts with an injury-time strike.

Jordan Ayew (Swansea)
It may have been his strike partner Fernando Llorente who grabbed the winning goal with his 13th goal of the season – with his head of course – but it was Ayew who stood out. Ran the channels tirelessly to provide a constant outlet for Paul Clement’s men, while his trickery caused the Everton defence lots of problems. Hit the post and got an assist with the cross for the goal.

Sam Vokes (Burnley)
The big target man was on fire against West Brom, scoring two goals and could easily have had a hat-trick if not for Ben Foster’s save from another first-half effort. Was involved in a real battle with West Brom’s two giant centre-halfs, but fought for everything and deserved his brace as a reward for his tireless endeavours.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Ramsey put in a big performance as Arsene Wenger adopted a 3-4-3 formation. His runs into the box caused United lots of problems and was denied by a superb De Gea save early on. Covered more ground than anyone else on the pitch, running 11.7km. His showing was such that Gunners fans and Wenger may be left wondering what might have been if the Welshman had been fit all season.

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