The class between the top four teams and the rest of the field finally began to show in the Premier League on Matchday 5 as Chelsea and Liverpool managed 3-0 victories at the weekend while Manchester United ground out another important win away at West Ham.
Here is our Man’s Life Premier League Team of the Week.
GK: David de Gea (Manchester United)
David de Gea saved Manchester United’s blushes against West Ham with a stoppage-time penalty save off Mark Noble which ensured that the Red Devils went home with all three points. This was De Gea’s first penalty save in 40 attempts dating back to 2016 which helped Manchester United keep up with Chelsea and Liverpool at the top of the table.
RB: Matty Cash (Aston Villa)
Matty Cash scored his first goal for Aston Villa against Everton this weekend with a stunning strike into the roof of the net – and the right-back put in an excellent shift for Dean Smith’s side to help Villa earn a stunning 3-0 victory.
CB: Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
The 36-year-old put in a defensive masterclass for Chelsea against Tottenham as Silva completely neutralised the threat of Son-Heung-Min for Tottenham before leading by example to score a thumping header that opened the scoring for the Blues.
CB: Jan Bednarek (Southampton)
Southampton earned a rare draw away to Manchester City at the Etihad with a back’s to the wall defensive performance, and Polish central defender Jan Bednarek marshalled the Southampton backline excellently to help the Saints keep a clean sheet.
LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Marcos Alonso has enjoyed a fine start to the season for Chelsea, and the left-wing back created the most chances in the match (5) against Tottenham and registered the assist for Thiago Silva’s opening goal of the game.
CM: Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
Martin Odegaard scored the goal of the weekend for Arsenal on their travels to Burnley with a pinpoint free-kick into the top corner – and the Norwegian playmaker controlled the tempo of the game from the middle of the park to give the Gunners their second consecutive 1-0 victory in the league.
CM: Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)
Douglas Luiz ran the show for Aston Villa from the middle of the park in their 3-0 victory against Everton, and the Brazilian finished the game with the most chances created in the match (6) as well as the most tackles (3).
RM: Ismaila Sarr (Watford)
Ismaila Sarr scored two goals for Watford in their 3-1 win over Norwich City as the Canaries backline struggled to deal with the pace and dribbling of the Senegalese winger throughout the 90 minutes.
LM: Leon Bailey (Aston Villa)
Leon Bailey changed the game off the bench for Aston Villa against Everton and completed a near-perfect 21-minute cameo. The Jamaican created the 2nd goal for Villa with his inch-perfect inswinging corner before scoring the third goal with a ferocious strike that went straight through Asmir Begovic to score his first goal in the Premier League.
ST: Ivan Toney (Brentford)
Ivan Toney was near impossible to play against at times for Brentford this weekend as the English strikers’ movement and predatory instincts caused plenty of problems to the Wolves defence. Toney dispatched his penalty with authority before creating Brentford’s second goal with an excellent run into the penalty area and perfectly-weighted cross for Bryan Mbeumo at the back post.
ST: Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)
Allan-Saint Maximin had St. James Park on its feet on Friday night as the Frenchman finished the game with five shots, two chances created while also scoring the equalising goal for the Magpies with a mazy run and a smart finish across goal.
Manager of the week: Tomas Tuchel (Chelsea)
Once again Tomas Tuchel’s in-game tactical switch proved to be the difference for Chelsea against Tottenham as the German manager brought on N’Golo Kante for Mason Mount at half-time and switched to a 5-3-2 formation which completely unsettled the Spurs team and led to the Blues’ 3-0 victory.