Both Manchester teams featured heavily in last week’s EPL action, with City suffering their second consecutive Premier League defeat, falling 1-3 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, while United took advantage of City’s lapse to top the points table for the first time since the start of the 2013 season with a 3-0 defeat of Sunderland at Old Trafford.
It’s no surprise then that Spurs and United’s players feature in HT’s EPL Team of the Week. Playing in a 3-4-3 formation, the team consists of:
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur): The 28-year-old Frenchman made seven saves against the attack of Manchester City to make it possible for the Spurs to beat the mighty blues from Manchester.
Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur): The Belgian scored with a header from a Tottenham set-piece to give the London team the lead after coming back from a goal down to win 4-1 against Manchester City.
Virgil van Dijk (Southampthon): Scoring an early goal in the victory against Swansea City, Van Dijk put in a strong performance to help his team claim an important victory.
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea): Keeping John Terry out of the Chelsea line-up is no mean task but Zouma has fared well to justify his starting spot. While Chelsea did not put in a strong defensive display as is normally expected and Zouma could be blamed for the first goal, his brilliant cross-field pass to Eden Hazard helped kick off Chelsea’s late resurgence in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur): The 23-year-old Argentine produced a fine display, probably his best in a Spurs shirt, as he assisted a goal and later scored one to help Tottenham upset Manchester City.
Juan Mata (Manchester United): With an assist and a goal, Mata made sure Manchester United secured all three points against Sunderland to jump their city rivals into first place in the table.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal): With a hat-trick against Leicester City, Sanchez assured Arsenal took away all three points in spite of going a goal down in the first half.
Ramires (Chelsea): Ramires’ 79th minute goal inspired Chelsea to come back from a two-goal deficit in the last few minutes of the game to claim a draw away to Newcastle United.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool): Sturridge left all signs of his prolonged injury behind as he scored a brace to help Liverpool overcome a resilient Aston Villa side.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton): Scoring a brace, Lukaku helped Everton manage a second-half comeback against West Bromwich Albion. The Belgian inspired the Merseyside club to overturn a two-goal deficit in 40 minutes to gain a 3-2 victory away from home.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United): United have managed to pick up impressive form since signing Martial in the summer transfer window. The French starlet provided an assist to help United move to the top of the table on the weekend.