Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham)
West Ham’s defense was shambolic and it was only a question of when Sunderland would break their ranks. But Jaaskelainen stepped up to the fore and made six critical saves not to mention numerous aerial punches and clearances. Single handedly kept West Ham in the game so that they could walk away with a point.
Left Back: Jon Flanagan (Liverpool)
Probably will give Aaron Lennon nightmares for a few days. Just simply shut the door on his wing and didn’t afford him any space. Tirelessly ran the up in defense and to support the attack. He also managed to score his first Premier League goal with a fine volleyed finish.
Centre Back: Phil Jones (Manchester United)
After being used in the defensive midfield David Moyes finally playes him in his preferred position at the heart of defense. On Sunday he showed exactly why he should be playing there using his strength, agility, pace and heading abilities to shut out the Aston Villa attack
Centre Back: Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
Surely one of the coupes of the summer. The Frenchman kept the Tottenham forwards at by with just so much ease with his physicality and positioning. Also was an aerial threat when he hit the post. Was pivotal in Liverpool keeping their clean sheet.
Right Back: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
Frustrated Wilshere and Monreal throughout the match constantly getting in their face which allowed Silva and Navas to get more effective up front. Also his first touch to set up a Negredo goal was absolutely fantastic. A complete performance by one of City’s most dependable players.
Central Midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Usually played in a quiet defensive midfield role and allowed Yaya Toure to do all the flashy work up front. This time not only did he anchor the midfield he added two splendid goals to his tally. Was pivotal in defense as well as he made some very vital tackles truly justifying his 30 million pound price tag.
Left Midfield: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Slowly winning over his critics it was another industrious performance by the young Englishman. Tasked with replacing the captain Steven Gerrard, Henderson seemed to revel in the role covering every blade of grass linking up play and also provided an assist before scoring.
Right Midfield : David Silva (Manchester City)
As usual the little maestro picked strings playing from the right and moved inwards to effect the play more. Linked up play with little diagonal runs in the box and totally frustrated Arsenals defense. Very calm and made simple passes to keep the possession and slotted home City’s fourth to put them out of sight of Arsenal.
Forward : Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
After playing in the front for the beginning period he realized that the midfield struggled a little with the Giggs and Cleverley so he selflessly dropped back and sprayed passed linking up fantastically with Valencia. Was unlucky not to score but was always involved and set up Cleverley’s goal with a wonderfully weighted pass. One wonders where United would be if he did move elsewhere in the summer.
Striker: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
What more can be said about him? Donning the captain’s armband he lead his team from the front with a bagful of energy and determination. This time probably more than his finishing (which is obviously impeccable) his running through the channels, positioning and vision have to be lauded as Tottenham’s singular game plan f stopping him was torn to shreds. Scored two goals to push Liverpool up to second.
Striker: Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)
Finally playing in his preferred foreward position, Danny Welbeck showed good strikers instinct to notch up two goals the first of which with a terrific reaction as he ball bounced of the post. He was also no slouch as he dropped deep and exhibited the work rate he is known for. With Van Persie and Henandez out he really has the chance to shine.