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Team of the week - Hernandez rescues United
Published : 25 Oct 2010 09:30:06
Football.co.uk's Joe Strange reflects on the weekend's Premier League action to pick his team of the week.
Goalkeeper - Lukas Fabianski, Arsenal
Arsenal's much-maligned keeper didn't have too much to do with Manchester City having been reduced to 10 men early on, but he still produced two top class saves to keep out the lively David Silva. Fabianski looked confident and in control, with one misjudged cross the only blemish on his performance.
Right-back - Phil Neville, Everton
After Gareth Bale's excellent showing against Inter Milan last week, most Tottenham fans were expecting more of the same against Everton on Saturday lunchtime. But the highly experienced Neville had other ideas, keeping the Welshman quiet for the entire 90 minutes.
Central defence - Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United
Stoke love to employ the long ball up to the head of Kenwyne Jones but their new £8 million signing had no chance against an in-form Vidic. The Serbian international won almost everything in the air and could do nothing to stop Tuncay's superb equaliser.
Central defence - Michael Turner, Sunderland
Turner was an absolute rock in the heart of Sunderland's defence as they battled to keep Aston Villa out at the Stadium of Light. The former Hull City man dealt well with the physical presence of Emile Heskey and the tricky Ashley Young to earn a hard-fought clean sheet.
Left-back - Leighton Baines, Everton
Both Everton full-backs make it into this week's best XI after Baines' superb free-kick helped give his side a share of the points against Tottenham. Defensively he was solid but he did miss linking up with Steven Pienaar on the left of midfield.
Right-midfield - Samir Nasri, Arsenal
Scorer of Arsenal's first goal in their convincing 3-0 win away at Manchester City, Nasri's performance was filled with clever passes and intricate play. He worked hard defensively but was always available for a pass, even assisting his side's third goal.
Central midfield - Cheick Tiote, Newcastle United
The Claude Makelele of Newcastle, Tiote did an excellent job in the holding midfield role against West Ham on Saturday evening. He wins the ball and plays simple passes, a vital job in his side's attack-minded midfield.
Central midfield - Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal
If there's one player you don't want to come up against when you're down to 10 men it's Fabregas. The mercurial Spaniard exploited the extra time and space he was allowed to great effect, inspiring his side to a comfortable win. Even missing a penalty didn't detract from an eye-catching display.
Left-midfield - Florent Malouda, Chelsea
Malouda wasn't at his best on Saturday against Wolves but he still put in a good performance and came away with another goal. He took his chance well and offered a constant threat going forward.
Striker - Javier Hernandez, Manchester United
In the absence of Wayne Rooney Hernandez was given another start alongside Dimitar Berbatov up-front. He took his opportunity with both hands, scoring twice to give United a much-needed three points against Stoke.
Striker - Andy Carroll, Newcastle United
Carroll's form has dropped in recent weeks after a blistering start to the new season but he was back to his best at Upton Park on Saturday. The England U21 forward kept West Ham's defence busy and scored a bullet header to secure a fully deserved win.