Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s misery continued on Matchday 11 as Manchester United succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford against rivals Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Chelsea also all dropped points in the final round of games before the November international break, and here is our Man’s Life Premier League Team of the Week.
GK: Ben Foster (Watford)
Ben Foster was the difference between a defeat and a trouncing for Watford as the Englishman put in a shot-stopping masterclass to limit the Gunners to only one goal at the Emirates. The 38-year-old made a terrific reflex save to keep out Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty while also making a couple of crucial interventions against Gabriel and Lokonga.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance at the weekend was another reminder that he is the world’s most dangerous attacking full-back, as the Englishman curled in a delightful freekick past Fabianski to make it 1-1 while also providing the assist for Divock Origi’s second-half goal.
CB: Ben White (Arsenal)
Ben White put in another phenomenal display for the Gunners as they kept their 5th clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win over Watford. White finished the game with the most clearances (6), blocks (3) and passes (81) and played an important role in the build-up to the goal with a vital interception.
CB: Kurt Zouma (West Ham)
Kurt Zouma nodded home the winner against Liverpool from a second-half corner and put in some crunching tackles to nullify the Reds’ attacking threat and give West Ham a famous 3-2 victory.
LB: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Joao Cancelo enjoyed acres of space against the back three of Manchester United at Old Trafford, and the left-back created both goals for the Cityzens in the first half with his dangerous deliveries from the wing.
CM: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaced the injured Thomas Partey in the middle of the park for Arsenal, and the Englishman grabbed his opportunity with both hands in his preferred midfield position. Maitland-Niles made 8 ball recoveries throughout the 90 minutes, and his excellent positioning and awareness prevented Watford from exploiting the Gunners on the counter-attack.
CM: Rodri (Manchester City)
Manchester City passed Manchester United to sleep at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Rodri was at the heart of this midfield demolition, completing 100 of his 106 passes and pulling the strings like a quarterback.
CM: Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace)
Conor Gallagher continues his superb form to start the season and makes our Man’s Life Team of the Week for the second week running after another complete performance against Wolves at Selhurst Park. Gallagher created the most chances in the game (4) and put the finishing touches on the performance with his fourth league goal of the season.
RW: Jarrod Bowen (West Ham)
Jarrod Bowen cut through the Liverpool midfield with a brilliant mazy run for West Ham’s second goal, and the former Hull City winger delivered the perfect inswinging corner for Kurt Zouma’s winner to cap off a brilliant display from the Hammers.
LW: Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Silva was used as a false nine with the freedom to drift into midfield against United on the weekend, and the Portuguese continued his fine form this season, scoring the second goal of the game with a clever run and finish at the back post on the stroke of half-time.
ST: Adam Armstrong (Southampton)
Adam Armstrong gave the Saints the perfect start against Aston Villa with a screamer inside three minutes from the edge of the box, and the striker put in a tireless performance to give Southampton their third win of the season.
Manager of the week: David Moyes (West Ham)
David Moyes ended Liverpool’s 25-game unbeaten run with a stunning 3-2 smash and grab victory at the Olympic Stadium, which has lifted West Ham above Jurgen Klopp’s side into 3rd on the table with 23 points from 11 games.