FFB Team of the Week (#8)

As I’m writing, it is raining – it is the fault of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was spared the sack at Old Trafford with a stunning comeback against Newcastle. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s under-the-radar winning streak continued, the ‘best’ teams in the division played out a goalless draw, Chelsea pumped Southampton, Bournemouth pumped Watford and Tottenham thrashed Cardiff 1-0.

 

Goalkeeper

Martin Dubravka: Loss aside, Newcastle’s goalkeeper played a big part in frustrating Manchester United, stopping shot after shot at Old Trafford. JD

Defence

James Tarkowski: An everyman is Tarkowski. A hero is Tarkowski. What would you do if someone dived in your penalty area to try and gain an advantage? Tarkowski knows what to do. Tarkowski stamps on divers. Good on ya. JD

Virgil van Dijk: The Dutchman remained resolute throughout the bore draw that was supposed to be a freeflowing display of attacking intent. Virgil was one of the main reasons for that. AJ

Christian Kabasele: A stupid tackle on the goalkeeper which he was luckily to escape a red card for and just generally clumsiness that led to his red card. Bournemouth would exploit a big hole and round off a 4-0 hammering at Vicarage Road. JD

Midfield

Riyad Mahrez: Literally the difference between a point and three at Anfield as Manchester City looked for a first Anfield win in 15 years. He put a late, late penalty into orbit to leave the top three all on twenty points going into the international break. AJ

Joe Ralls: This is a dangerous man. He’s been in the team of the week before for his horrid challenges. Just what the fuck was he playing at on Lucas Moura? The type of kicking somebody up in the air you’d see on a Sunday league pitch. As a former left-back, I’ve done that a few times. Someone’s running past you, you’re knackered and slower than you used to be so you just take them out and face the consequences later. JD

James Maddison: The Maddison rollercoaster seemed to click out of gear upon his callup to the England squad. Replaced on 80 minutes as 10-man Leicester searched for an equaliser at home to Everton. AJ

Paul Pogba: A lot has been said about Pogba orchestrating the sacking of Jose Mourinho but, as always, he showed he was one of the most determined players on the pitch. He was a driving force that led to United’s stunning comeback. AJ

Juan Mata: Mata got the goal to kick off the comeback. Gone are the days of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring free kicks most weeks at Old Trafford, so this was nice to see. AJ

Attack

Marcus Rashford: How many chances did the young man want to waste? Rightfully dragged off before the hour for the eventual match winner Alexis Sanchez. He could have prevented what was a nail biting ending at Old Trafford. JD

Callum Wilson: Arguably the goal of the season contender from the Bournemouth man, slotting in a half volley from 17 millimetres out. Bournemouth are this season’s Burnley. JD

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