Premier League hotlist: Mohamed Salah, Aaron Ramsey, Juan Mata
Last Updated: 04/02/18 10:08pm
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...
Burnley 1-1 Manchester City - Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Ederson impressed in goal for City with his composure and two top-quality saves, but he was powerless to prevent Gudmundsson's leveller, despite getting a hand to the effort.
Gudmundsson has been involved in seven goals for Burnley this season - three more than any other player - and his most memorable contribution of the campaign could well be this equaliser against the champions-elect.
The Icelandic winger backed up his goal with three key passes for the hosts, the highest passing accuracy of all Burnley players (77 per cent) and more interceptions (five) than any other player on the pitch.
Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke - Xherdan Shaqiri
Although he may have been on the losing side, Shaqiri produced a solid display for Stoke in what was a mostly even encounter, and produced a confident finish with his head.
He continued to work throughout the game, usually at the centre of most of Stoke's attacking play and delivered some dangerous set-pieces.
He showed plenty of passion too, although he and Lambert must be sure to keep it under some sort of control after he was booked for dissent.
Brighton 3-1 West Ham - Jose Izquierdo
On an afternoon when Brighton's attacking players proved too hot to handle for West Ham, it was the Colombia international's stunning second-half strike which will live long in the memory.
With just two league goals to his name beforehand, the Hammers will have been forgiven for affording Izquierdo so much space midway through the second half, but he punished them with a clinical finish. West Ham were on the ropes when the strike flashed into the top corner, and it ensured there was no way back for the visitors.
Leicester 1-1 Swansea - Federico Fernandez
Not only did the Swansea captain get his team back on level terms with a vital second-half header at the King Power, but the former Argentina international central defender also turned in a rock-solid performance at the back throughout for the visitors.
Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield - Juan Mata
The Spaniard pulled the strings in midfield for United, providing four key passes, two more than the entire Huddersfield side.
His cross for Lukaku's opener was superb, after a first half where United failed to gain any width in the final third Nemanja Matic was a close second in the man-of-the-match running, but Mata's class told at Old Trafford.
West Brom 2-3 Southampton - James Ward-Prowse
A recent win over Brighton remains West Brom's solitary Premier League victory in their last 24 games, and the chief conspirator behind their latest downfall was Ward-Prowse.
The midfielder has been Southampton's stand-out performer during a disappointing season, and he will hope to grab the attention of England manager Gareth Southgate in the coming months.
Ward-Prowse has been directly involved in four goals in his last two away Premier League appearances (three goals, one assist), as many as in his previous 28 combined. His second-half free-kick proved decisive.
Arsenal 5-1 Everton - Aaron Ramsey
Henrikh Mkhitaryan came close to taking the honours after a fine all-around display, but Ramsey was the star of the show.
He got the ball rolling with the opening goal and then fired in to make it 3-0. He remained involved in the midfield throughout and confidently swept in to secure his first career hat-trick.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle - Patrick van Aanholt
Crystal Palace dominated the second half and can count themselves unlucky not to have taken all three points after coming from behind. Their main threat came from wide areas and the two full-backs - Timothy Fosu Mensah and Van Aanholt - were both outstanding as they provided a constant supply line to targetman Benteke. We've given the nod to Van Aanholt for producing the best pass of the match in the ninth minute, putting Benteke through and forcing a fine save from Darlow.
Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham - Mohamed Salah
The mesmerising Egyptian took his tally for the Premier League season to 21 with two very different finishes. After being gifted the opener by a stray Dier back pass, his second was a thing of beauty. With Liverpool struggling for ideas as the game ticked into added time, he twisted between two markers with an imperious piece of skill and poked home. It reminded many - including his manager - of a certain Argentinean playing for Barcelona. At this rate, he's not too far off his level.
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