Premier League hotlist: Kevin De Bruyne, Aaron Ramsey, Manuel Lanzini

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after giving Manchester City a 3-0 lead
Image: Kevin De Bruyne starred in Man City's 5-0 win

Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.

The latest round of Premier League fixtures saw Tottenham slip-up in their chase of Chelsea in the Premier League title race while Manchester City put on a five-star show to thump Crystal Palace.

At the other end of the table, Hull City suffered a potentially damaging home defeat to Sunderland, especially as Swansea battled their way to a 1-0 win against Everton.

But which players starred? Read on to remind yourself of the standout displays - and let us know who you think deserves the plaudits by leaving a comment or tweeting us @SkyFootball...

Aaron Ramsey (ARSENAL 2-0 Manchester United)

It was another commanding performance from Ramsey as Arsenal halted the 25-game unbeaten run of Man Utd on Sunday, with his first-half performance, in particular, something to be applauded as he continually cut through the United midfield to build good attacking moves for his side.

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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester Utd

He is one of the players who has benefited from Arsene Wenger's switch to a back three, allowing him to roam further forward and show his true capabilities as an attacking player, with Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville saying it was the best he had seen Ramsey play in a long time.

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As the Gunners settle into their new formation, Ramsey has taken to it like a duck to water and could be a key figure as they look to sneak into the top four in the next few weeks.

Manuel Lanzini (Tottenham 0-1 WEST HAM)

As Thierry Henry said on Friday Night Football, West Ham 'happened' to Tottenham at the London Stadium, and any number of men in claret and blue could have won man of the match.

STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Ham
Image: Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United celebrates

But Lanzini's goal, a relatively scrappy strike, rounded off a performance of both defensive and attacking energy as West Ham hounded Spurs all over the pitch.

He made more key passes (four) than anyone on the pitch, and his pass completion in the opposition half was also a team high at 86.4 per cent.

Kevin De Bruyne (MANCHESTER CITY 5-0 Crystal Palace)

It was an all-action performance by Manchester City's chief creative force as he scored one and set up two more on Saturday afternoon.

That takes his tally of assists to 15 for the season, more than any other Premier League player and one short of breaking David Silva's Man City record set in 2011/12.

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Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace

And it wouldn't be a De Bruyne display without the Belgian striking the woodwork, which he did for the ninth time this season with a dipping free-kick.

Not that he's concerned about his unhappy habit.

"It was just unlucky," he told Sky Sports' Patrick Davison.

Oriol Romeu (Liverpool 0-0 SOUTHAMPTON)

The Spaniard turned in a disciplined display in midfield as Southampton ground out a goalless draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

In particular, the 25-year-old made one excellent first-half block to prevent Roberto Firmino's goalbound shot from troubling Fraser Forster in the Saints goal.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Oriol Romeu of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad S
Image: Oriol Romeu managed to keep Liverpool quiet

Overall, however, Romeu kept the visitors ticking over with a series of accurate passes and well-timed interceptions as the player demonstrated once again just what a smart piece of business it was to sign him from Chelsea two years ago.

Alfie Mawson (SWANSEA 1-0 Everton)

In what was a much-needed win for Swansea, Alfie Mawson showed for yet another game why he was a shrewd acquisition for the Welsh club who signed him from Barnsley in the summer as he put in a superb performance in the back line.

Everton never truly tested goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski as Mawson along with his centre-back partner Federico Fernandez blocked and cleared a number of crosses. If there was a ball being cleared in the Swansea are, chances are it was 23-year-old.

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Swansea 1-0 Everton

If Swansea manage to avoid the drop - the win taking them above Hull and out of the bottom three - Mawson should be safe in the knowledge that he played his part, especially against Everton on Saturday, and can only improve next season no matter what league he will be in.

Marc Albrighton (LEICESTER 3-0 Watford)

In a game where both teams threatened down the wings, Albrighton was the standout player for Leicester.

Albrighton put in a joint-high 10 crosses and helped create several opportunities.

He also showed good composure in injury-time to score the Foxes' third goal, beating Heurelho Gomes at his near post from Jamie Vardy's pass.

Adam Smith (BOURNEMOUTH 2-2 Stoke)

Both of Bournemouth's goals came from the marauding Adam Smith down the right, as the full-back, 26, consistently broke past Marc Muniesa to deliver crosses towards the waiting Josh King.

Solid defensively, Smith was the Cherries' best counter-attacking outlet too, and proved his final product by teeing up Junior Stanislas for Bournemouth's late equaliser.

Chris Brunt (Burnley 2-2 WEST BROM)

In a close encounter at Turf Moor, it was Brunt who was at his brilliant best, especially in terms of his delivery - which has been consistent for so many years now. The midfielder created three goalscoring opportunities, while providing the assist for Craig Dawson's header.

Credit must go to Salomon Rondon for a hungry performance which saw him end his five-month goal drought, while Sam Vokes earns a mention for his double which moved Burnley to the magic 40-mark.

Jordan Pickford (Hull 0-2 SUNDERLAND)

Not for the first time this season, the Sunderland goalkeeper was kept extremely busy in between the sticks. Pickford made five saves, three of which were superb, claimed two crosses and punched three as he kept only a second clean sheet this calendar year in the Premier League.

Jordan Pickford of Sunderland gives out instructions during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Man City.
Image: Jordan Pickford was in top form for Sunderland

As the rumour mill begins to turn, Pickford will no doubt be linked with a host of top clubs in the summer, and if one thing is for certain, this season will have hardened the 23-year-old up after weeks of disappointment with the Black Cats.

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