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The Weekend's Best XI

The Weekend's Best XI

23/08/2016Sport

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The Premier League rolled into their second weekend of fixtures this season and there was plenty of talent on show.

With players now settling into the new campaign, we were treated to an array of impressive performances.

The Manchester clubs continued their winning start to the new campaign, Arsenal continued to struggle and Hull City promised another ‘Leicester’ may well be on the cards!

But, out of all the weekend’s fixtures, who made it into our best XI? 

Goalkeeper: Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City)

Hull City haven’t had the smoothest of pre-seasons with their manager leaving and the squad being desperately short of senior players and yet the Tigers are promising yet another ‘Leicester’ with two wins out of two!

Much of that is down to the heroics of keeper Jakupovic who was in good form again to deny Swansea’s attackers. His first clean sheet of the season and in this form, it won’t be his last.

Right-back: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Jose Mourinho has given Valencia a new lease of life and the former winger is now proving to be a very useful right-back indeed.

His pace and power helped snub out any threat down Southampton’s left side and his partnership with new signing Eric Bailly looks very promising indeed. The Ecuadorian isn’t quite ready to hang up his attacking boots just yet though and proves another string to United’s bow going forward.

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Centre-back: John Stones (Manchester City)

Stones has started life at the Etihad very well indeed and the youngster played yet another blinder at the weekend. He seems to be intent on repaying that hefty transfer fee and looks set to be a success under Pep Guardiola.

He was a rock at the back, making seven clearances against Stoke City, and demonstrated his trade-mark elegance on the ball at the back.

Centre-back: Michael Keane (Burnley)

The Clarets surprised many with their win over Liverpool on Saturday and it was partly down to a shrewd defence which didn’t give Jurgen Klopp’s side a sniff at goal.

At the heart of that solid unit was Keane and the 23-year-old made an impressive 11 clearances and three interceptions to guard is goal admirably.

Left-back: Patrick Van Aanholt (Sunderland)

Sunderland may well be facing a difficult season but it will be helped by players like Van Aanholt.

Not only was the left-back a reliable cog in an inexperienced defensive unit, he also did his but going forward and almost pulled the Black Cats back into the match with a goal-poachers goal in the closing stages.

The Dutchman is actually the highest scoring Premier League defender of 2016, with four goals! 

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Centre-midfield: Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

The world’s most expensive player showed he was more than worthy of that title in his debut game at Old Trafford since returning to the club.

Despite a horror first touch, Pogba grew into the game and showed the effortless talent which made him so desirable this summer. At 23, Pogba was not only physically superior to his opponents on Friday night, he was always one step ahead of them and looks to be just what United’s midfield needs.

Centre-midfield: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham)

Playing alongside Pogba in our Team of the Week is Tottenham’s new signing Victor Wanyama. His formidable presence in the centre looks promising for Spurs and he even got his name on the scoresheet at the weekend with a confident finish past the Crystal Palace keeper.

Right-midfield: Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough)

Stuani was Boro’s unlikely hero against Sunderland on Super Sunday as the Uruguayan netted a delightful brace to fire his side to three points. 

His first goal was certainly the best, as he fired home an eye-watering 25-yard strike which seem to take the opposition’s net off. He finished off his scoring Premier League debut with a neat finish after Alvaro Negredo unselfishly set up his teammate. 

Left-midfield: Sterling (Manchester City)

Left-midfield: Sterling (Manchester City)

Manchester City’s winger showed he was now ready for life in the Premier League again after a difficult start at the Etihad. A trip to Stoke City is never easy so it makes Sterling’s impact all the more impressive.

Many had Sterling down as the first causality of Guardiola’s new regime but the Englishman has demonstrated he is up to the challenge with a solid 90 minutes and an assist for the Citizens.

Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

With Aguero in this side, Manchester City can beat anyone this season and the Argentine has started the new campaign very well indeed.

He scored twice against Stoke City on Saturday, once again showcasing his clinical nature in front of goal. The striker has not only scored three times this season, he has also created three chances for his side who look set to challenge for league this year. 

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Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

The man, the myth, the legend. Zlatan, by his own admissions, has now arrived in the Premier League and noting seems to be stopping him.

After opening his scoring tally last weekend, the big Swede netted a brace to fire United past Southampton on Friday night. Although quiet for much of the game, the striker showed his formidable power and extreme confidence to convert a powerful header and penalty.