Tuesday 27 September 2016

Stephanie Roche: One Irishman in my Premier League Team of the Weekend

Published 20/10/2015 | 20:04

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick against Bournemouth
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick against Bournemouth

Jurgen Klopp began his Liverpool career with a 0-0 draw away at Tottenham and that clean sheet earns Simon Mignolet a place in my team of the week.

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Formation: 3-4-3

Simon Mignolet

Kept a clean sheet in what was a fine performance by the shot stopper in Jurgen Klopp's first game in charge.

Marcus Rojo

Had to fill in at left back after some changes by Louis Van Gaal from the team who lost to Arsenal. Was steady at the back and also very good going forward. His pinpoint cross for Herrara's goal was top class.

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Jan Vertonghen

Solid against a new look Liverpool. Wasn't many goal scoring opportunities at either end but snuffed out any danger.

Chris Smalling

One of Manchester United's stand out players so far this season. Was always going to have his hands full with Romulu Lukaku but kept the big man at bay and helped United keep a clean sheet.

Moussa Sissoko

Had a big helping hand in giving Steve McClaren his first win of the season. He didn't get on the score sheet himself but had a part to play in three of Newcastle's goals. Worked hard all game and was a constant threat.

Glenn Whelan

Doesn't get enough credit for the job he does in my opinion. Protected the back four, was neat and tidy on the ball and helped Stoke get a very good win away at Swansea.

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Ander Herrera

The spark that United needed after that loss to Arsenal. Scored one and created another. He was energetic and creative all game.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Four goals in Newcastle's 6-2 victory. A great performance by the Dutchman and I'm sure Steve McClaren will want to see more of the same throughout the season.

Raheem Sterling

He's been criticised about his finishing a lot in his career but he got his first hat-trick at the weekend. He admitted that he had been practising his finishing and I'm sure city fans will hope he can keep producing goals with the injury concerns at the club right now.

Jamie Vardy

He has been in top form this season and the prime example as to why you can't write off Leicester city in any game this season. Scored two goals to bring his team back into the game and helped rescue a point for his team.

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Alexis Sanchez

Scored the first of Arsenals 3 goals. He has come into form the last few weeks and really found his goalscoring boots. Always a threat to defenders.

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