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EPL Team of the Week

akash anand
ANALYST
2.94K   //    21 Aug 2012, 18:34 IST

The Premier League returned in scintillating fashion this weekend, with Manchester City starting the new season by snatching victory in the dying seconds like last season. Despite Robin van Persie’s late introduction from the bench, City’s title rivals Manchester United were condemned to defeat at Goodison Park

Elsewhere, Chelsea and Newcastle showed their title credentials while Liverpool and Arsenal struggled to find the net. There were crushing wins for Fulham and Swansea as they directed Norwich and QPR back to the drawing board after just one game. Here’s the team of the week -

Everton v Manchester United - Premier League

David De Gea (GK) – Made some brilliant saves, with the highlight being the Baines freekick, and kept United in the game. He was powerless to do anything for the goal though.

Brainslav Ivanovic (RB) – Spared suspension by the FA, scored the first goal for Chelsea with a marauding run and was solid as usual at the back.

Leighton Baines (LB) – Was a constant menace for a shaky United defence, specially from set pieces. Also handled his defensive duties well and ensured that his team held on for a win.

Phil Jagielka (CB) –  Jagielka ensured that Everton’s defence held strong as Manchester United pressed forward for an equalizer. Made a crucial goal line clearance to deny Cleverly.

John O’Shea (CB) – Up against Cazorla, Podoloski and co., O’Shea’s experience at the heart of defence helped Sunderland to a deserved 0-0 draw away to Arsenal.

Eden Hazard (RW) – As far as debuts go, this was pretty impressive. The Belgian international was involved in almost every creative move of Chelsea and got two assists on his debut.

Samir Nasri (LW) – Nasri was at his best against Southampton and took on the role of creator as Silva had an off day. He also scored the winner to secure his team the win.

Santi Cazorla (CM) – Cazorla had an impressive debut for Arsenal playing some delightful passes and looked dangerous throughout. Was unlucky not to gain an assist for his efforts.

Maroune Felliani (CM) – Was undoubtedly the star of the show at Goodison Park. He was the difference between the two teams as he toyed with the makeshift United defence and deservedly scored the winner.

Michu (FW) – Costing just 2 million Michu already looks a bargain and wasted no time in settling into the Premier League, taking his chances to net an opening day double against hapless QPR.

Mladen Petric (FW) – Signed for free from Hamburg, the Croatian striker had a sensational debut scoring 2 goals and one assist against Norwich and assuring Fulham fans that there’s life after Clint Dempsey.

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