Elsewhere, Bournemouth defeated Leicester in a six-goal thriller, Crystal Palace received at Huddersfield, whereas on Sunday West Ham picked up a primary victory of the season at Everton, after Wolves received the higher of Burnley.
However who did sufficient to make my staff of the week? Learn my picks after which decide your individual XI.
Goalkeeper – David de Gea
David de Gea: With goalkeepers beneath siege lately it amazes me how they even get to the ball. It is like dealing with the Ant Hill Mob each time a nook is taken.
David de Gea made an exquisite save from a nook within the dying minutes of the sport towards Watford, a match-winning effort from a Christian Kabasele header that, had it gone in, would have given Watford a reasonably undeserved level.
De Gea might need had a shaky World Cup with Spain however he is saving United useful factors once more.
Do you know? David de Gea saved 4 of Watford’s 5 photographs on track, as many saves as in his earlier three Premier League matches mixed.
Defenders – Chris Smalling, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk
Chris Smalling: We have all been in search of cracks in Jose Mourinho and his gamers since his outbursts and the defeat towards Tottenham. To my shock I’ve seen nothing however whole dedication.
Credit score the place credit score’s due, United’s gamers have come out combating and look meaner than ever. Chris Smalling, along with his new ‘natty dread’ hair type, was excellent towards Watford.
The brand new look oozes swagger and if his objective was something to go by, the defender’s coiffure might have one thing to do with it. Superb what a brand new look can do.
Do you know? Smalling has ended up on the profitable facet in all 11 Premier League video games through which he has scored, the joint-best such report within the competitors (additionally 11 video games for Ryan Babel).
Joe Gomez: The deal with by Joe Gomez on Lucas Moura within the second half of Liverpool’s win at Tottenham would have stopped a mail practice.
I stated two weeks in the past, after Liverpool’s spectacular victory at Leicester, that this child was the perfect defender I’ve seen in years. In reality I stated one thing much more profound than that however I am not going to repeat it for worry of jinxing the lad.
(What I’ll say is Gomez is a future England captain if ever I noticed one. Learn extra concerning the relevance of England’s fixture towards Switzerland in The Crooks of the Matter beneath.)
Do you know? In addition to contributing three tackles and three clearances, no participant recovered possession extra for Liverpool than Gomez (9 instances).
Virgil van Dijk: Harry Kane by no means had a kick. Virgil van Dijk was too large, too sturdy and too composed on the ball. In instances like these when centre-backs look imperious, strikers must ruffle feathers and the England captain merely wasn’t ready to have a scrap.
If ever there was a day for Harry and the boys to get amongst it and stick their heads within the faces of Liverpool’s defenders then this was it. As an alternative, Van Dijk walked on to the pitch trying like a movie star and walked off with the Oscar for greatest main man.
Do you know? No participant at Wembley made extra clearances than Van Dijk (5, equal with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld).
Midfielders – Marouane Fellaini, James Milner, Eden Hazard, Ryan Fraser
Marouane Fellaini: Who’d have thought it? Marouane Fellaini starring in a Manchester United shirt. When David Moyes purchased the participant from Everton it was universally felt that he was not in United’s class.
Towards Watford he regarded like the reply to all their issues. Enjoying like this, Fellaini could possibly be for United the participant he was for Everton.
Do you know? Fellaini recovered possession for his facet extra usually than another participant (10 instances), whereas additionally profitable seven of his 9 aerial duels, and offering the help for Chris Smalling’s strike, a pivotal second within the sport. The Belgian additionally made extra tackles (three) than another United participant (equal with Antonio Valencia).
James Milner: He is been taking part in top-class soccer since he was 16 years previous, so we should not be fully stunned 16 years later when the participant strolls by a sport as if he’s studying the Sunday Occasions.
James Milner’s understanding of a sport of soccer is second to none and already Milner is trying like my early candidate for Footballer of the 12 months. I strongly imagine that accolade belongs to a member of the staff that wins the title. So you may see the place I am going with this of us.
Do you know? James Milner made 5 tackles in Liverpool’s match towards Spurs, greater than another participant on the sphere. The Englishman additionally created the joint highest variety of possibilities for his team-mates (three – equal with Mohamed Salah), in addition to making an attempt extra passes within the opposition’s half than anybody for both facet (32).
Eden Hazard: My goodness Eden Hazard’s first objective took me again. I have never seen an ‘over’ accomplished so successfully for years – the time period utilized by the professionals for what’s euphemistically referred to as ‘a dummy’.
The transfer, when executed properly, can rip defences aside and Hazard used it fantastically. Hazard’s hat-trick towards a Cardiff staff who have been to date out of their depth it was scary solely tells a part of the story. The Belgium worldwide is taking part in the soccer of his life.
Do you know? Eden Hazard is the fourth participant to attain multiple Premier League hat-trick for Chelsea (after Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink), and he was profitable with every of his three photographs on track.
Ryan Fraser: This lad had a wonderful sport and would have obtained even higher reward from me had he not dived within the early exchanges. There have been a number of incidents on this sport towards Leicester however the dive was by far the worst of them.
He took his objectives brilliantly, particularly his first, however the dive marred an incredible efficiency. He is made my staff of the week however I had to consider it and I should not have. Professionals do not like individuals who dive and that is value remembering.
Do you know? Ryan Fraser had a hand in three objectives in a single Premier League sport for the primary time (two objectives, one help).
Forwards – Wilfried Zaha, Marko Arnautovic, Roberto Firmino
Wilfried Zaha: Now, Wilfried, cease this whinging and whining in your after-match interviews. You are taking part in in a contact sport and the higher the participant the extra doubtless they’re to get kicked. Why have not you labored that out but?
Go away the referees and the pundits to sentence the assassins, you simply maintain scoring sensational objectives, receiving the plaudits and signing the huge contracts for all this inconvenience.
That is the way in which it really works and it is not a nasty change. Oh, and by the way in which, I by no means heard George Greatest or Johan Cruyff complaining to the press about gamers kicking them.
Do you know? For the reason that begin of final season, Crystal Palace have averaged 1.5 factors per sport when Zaha has performed (33 matches), in comparison with no factors when he has not been concerned (10 matches).
Marko Arnautovic: I’ve stated all through West Ham’s torrid time beneath new boss Manuel Pellegrini that offered the Hammers do not lose their nerve they’ve sufficient high quality to outlive within the Premier League.
The outcome towards Everton was a superb indicator of what West Ham are able to as soon as this new group of gamers settles down and finds a rhythm.
A lot of the pulsation got here from Marko Arnautovic and his new strike accomplice Andriy Yarmolenko. Arnautovic is excessive upkeep but when the Austrian will be bridled he will be one hell of an asset.
Do you know? For the reason that begin of 2018, solely Mohamed Salah (23) has had a hand in additional Premier League objectives than West Ham ahead Marko Arnautovic (16 – 9 objectives, seven assists).
Roberto Firmino: At no stage did Tottenham’s again 4 come to phrases with Liverpool’s entrance three. Each time Firmino picked up the ball, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah took off like stealth bombers leaving an airbase.
Liverpool appear to be the staff more than likely to cease Manchester Metropolis from profitable the title for a second consecutive season.
Nonetheless, ought to something occur to Liverpool’s frontline assault then we might have a distinct state of affairs fully.
Do you know? Roberto Firmino has been immediately concerned in 61 Premier League objectives for Liverpool beneath Jurgen Klopp (38 objectives, 23 assists), 16 greater than another participant.
Now it is your flip
You’ve got seen my picks this week. However who would you go for?
The Crooks of the Matter
I am nonetheless reeling from the 25-second black-and-white transmission of the England v Switzerland sport to mark the 25th anniversary of anti-racism organisation Kick It Out. The concept was a bit of selling genius.
It was so easy but so efficient, matched solely by the excellent introduction to the match by Sky’s David Jones and Martin Tyler, who between them offered the proper overview. To cram 25 years into 25 seconds takes some doing, however they did it.
I’ll admit, through the years I could have in all probability been the Soccer Affiliation’s harshest critic however that has come from a want to see the best FA on this planet play a higher half in utilizing soccer as a instrument to provoke change and create a extra inclusive society.
As I watched the tv flip from color to black and white I considered Laurie Cunningham, Ray Wilkins and Cyrille Regis, three former England internationals who, had they been in that line-up, would have so accredited of the tribute and recognised its significance.
How becoming then, that Marcus Rashford ought to rating the profitable objective to mark an event that was initially initiated to guard kids like him lengthy earlier than they have been even born. Properly finished Kick It Out and thanks England. You make a fantastic staff.