FFB Team of the Week (#5)

The teams with perfect records fell from three to two as Watford were conquered by Manchester United whilst Chelsea steamrolled Cardiff City with a masterclass from Eden Hazard and Liverpool squeezed through Tottenham although deserved a bigger win at Wembley. Arsenal eked out a win at Newcastle, Bournemouth smashed Leicester and Manchester City sauntered to another win at home to newboys Fulham.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea: He might have had one of the lowest saves to goals ratios prior to the game but there was another save for the showreel late on at Vicarage Road that preserved three Manchester United points. AJ

Defence

Chris Smalling: He scored a goal, that ultimately sealed three points, that’s a big positive. However, that fucking haircut. That haircut, Chris. What were you thinking? Go back to the old Maidstone afro or shave it off. Don’t know what these mini pigtails are all about. AJ

Jan Vertonghen: Suffered a torrid day thanks to the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and decided to get his own back by trying to climb into Firmino via his eyeballs. JD

James Tarkowski: Is there anything the big Burnley centre half didn’t get his head on at Molineux on Sunday? Despite the result, Tarkowski shone in a 0-1 defeat at Wolves. AJ

Sol Bamba: AJ’s favourite centre half scored a goal on Saturday to open the scoring at Stamford Bridge. We then went onto see the best and worst of Bamba. He missed a guilt-edged chance, couldn’t stop Hazard’s second and, quite frankly, if you’re in a defence that concedes four, you have to be considered. JD

Wes Morgan: And speaking of defences that conceded four, and a man that got a red card, Wes Morgan has to take up a berth in this week’s team of the week. Morgan again shows that he is past his best. Leicester in fact scored two late goals in his absence. Where’s Jonny Evans? JD

Midfield

Mesut Ozil: Largely unfavoured by Unai Emery in the first few games, Ozil hit back after a tumultuous start to the season, scoring the winner at St. James’ Park. AJ

Marouane Fellaini: This man is in the midst of a resurgence at Old Trafford. A solid performance at Turf Moor prior to the international break and another brick-wall type of performance at Vicarage Road. Will be needed to cover Nemanja Matic’s suspension next week. AJ

Attack

Wilf Zaha: Is anybody more valuable to his club in the Premier League than Zaha? We all know Palace’s record with and without Zaha and he showed how valuable he was at Huddersfield, scoring the winner as Palace withstood barrages of attacks. AJ

Mo Salah: Right, hear me out. If Salah would have been less greedy in his play and more concerned with the team effort as his fellow strikers Firmino and Mane were, then Liverpool would have cruised to a four or five goal win at Wembley. Instead, they had to sweat out a 2-1 win. JD

Leroy Sane: Can you have better weeks as a sporting professional? Oversee the birth of your child and score in a win at the weekend. All I did when my son was born was binge Football Manager in four-day old pyjamas with wotsit dust on my fingertips. JD

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