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Premier League team of the week

Published 10/08/2015 | 10:18

Reece Oxford shone on his debut
Reece Oxford shone on his debut

Team of the week (3-4-3): Romero; Richards, Smalling, Lovren; Mahrez, Cabaye, Oxford, Montero; Coutinho, Costa, Kane

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Sergio Romero: The goalkeeper produced a fine save from Tottenham's Christian Eriksen's late shot to preserve Manchester United's 1-0 lead and secure all three points.

Micah Richards: Named captain on his Aston Villa debut, the impressive Richards inspired a clean sheet with his consistently impressive defending. An England recall may beckon.

Chris Smalling: Seized his chance to secure his position as one of Manchester United's first-choice central defenders. Read the game well and made a vital challenge on Spurs' Nacer Chadli.

Dejan Lovren: Liverpool's best defender amid a reasonable amount of pressure in the 1-0 win at Stoke, though perhaps fortunate not to be sent off for an elbow on Mame Biram Diouf.

Riyad Mahrez: The winger scored twice, once from a penalty, in the 4-2 win over Sunderland that led Leicester to the top of the Premier League.

Yohan Cabaye: Remained composed, to justify his status as Crystal Palace's club-record signing, to retain possession and relieve pressure from Norwich on his new team-mates.

Reece Oxford: West Ham's 16-year-old, Premier League debutant played with a maturity beyond his years to stifle the collective threat of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.

Jefferson Montero: The underrated, energetic Montero outclassed Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic as Swansea drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, producing seven crosses for his team-mates.

Philippe Coutinho: The Brazilian, in a way so few others can, secured victory for Liverpool at Stoke with a masterful 86th-minute strike, when a 0-0 draw had looked most likely.

Diego Costa: Again demonstrated his importance to Chelsea, not that he needed to, with an energetic, driven display that, in isolation, should have been rewarded with victory.

Harry Kane: Yet again Tottenham's best player, this time at Old Trafford, Kane produced a particularly delightful pass, at 0-0, from which Christian Eriksen should have scored.

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