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Best of the Weekend

Image: Paul Scholes: Scored the opener against Bolton in his return to the Man Utd starting line-up casts an eye over the weekend's Premier League action and picks out the highlights and lowlights.

Team of the weekend

Game of the weekend

Swansea City 3 Arsenal 2 The clash of free-flowing footballing sides lived up to expectations with a five-goal thriller at the Liberty Stadium. The Premier League newcomers were in no way overawed by their illustrious opponents, playing Arsenal at their own passing game and winning with verve and style. Brendan Rodgers' side had to overcome an early Robin van Persie opener, but hit back with a Scott Sinclair penalty to ensure parity at the break. The hosts then took the lead via Nathan Dyer, who had won the earlier spot-kick, before Theo Walcott levelled with a fast counter-attacking goal. But the Swans refused to lie down and Danny Graham notched the winner less than a minute later. A great viewing spectacle.

Player of the weekend

Paul Scholes The veteran made a shock comeback from retirement as a substitute in the FA Cup victory over Manchester City last Sunday and followed it up with a start - and the opening goal - in Saturday's 3-0 win against Bolton at Old Trafford. Scholes rolled back the years when he turned home a Wayne Rooney cross-shot on the stroke of half-time to notch the 151st United goal of his career. He was later replaced by fellow veteran Ryan Giggs to a standing ovation at the Theatre of Dreams.

Goal of the weekend

Steve Morison Norwich continue to cause surprises and a 2-1 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns further enhanced the reputation of Paul Lambert's newly-promoted side. The Canaries' second goal was in some part down to woeful defending, but it was also a textbook demonstration of counter-attacking football. After a quick break and with the score at 1-1 in the 79th minute, Grant Holt delivered a radar-accurate cross for strike partner Morison and the Welshman headed in at the back post to seal the victory.

Pass of the weekend

Steven N'Zonzi Mauro Formica scored a brilliant goal to seal 10-man Blackburn's 3-1 win over Fulham on Saturday, but the strike owed much to some wonderful build-up. N'Zonzi's vision and expertly-executed chipped pass provided in a snap-shot why the midfielder is being linked with a move to some of the Premier League's top clubs, including Chelsea. The Frenchman spotted the run of Formica and played a perfectly-weighted scooped pass into the path of Formica, who made no mistake with the finish.

Team of the weekend

Blackburn Rovers Rovers battled hard for under-pressure boss Steve Kean to beat the Cottagers and haul themselves out of the drop zone. Despite being down to 10 men after Yakubu was sent off for a challenge on Danny Murphy, Kean's side showed their mettle with goals from Morten Gamst Pedersen, David Dunn and Formica to seal a valuable three points. Can his side shrug off the dreaded mantle of being bottom at Christmas and still stay up? This victory and the recent 3-2 success at Manchester United will give them all the belief they need.

Save of the weekend

Adam Bogdan The Bolton goalkeeper pulled off a great save to deny Wayne Rooney from the spot after Danny Welbeck had been fouled by Zat Knight at Old Trafford. Bogdan dived to his right and got enough on the ball to steer it away from any possible rebound.

Miss of the weekend

Per Mertesacker The big Arsenal defender was in the Swansea box for a Robin van Persie corner soon after the Gunners had gone 3-2 down. The ball fell to the German, but he horribly scuffed his effort wide from close range as the Gunners went down at the Liberty. A real defender's miss.

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