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Premier League Weekly Awards: Liverpool’s holy grail, Martial’s masterclass, De Bruyne’s cracking consolation

Rewarding the best and worst of the Premier League action with our weekly awards, featuring Liverpool’s title win (obviously), Anthony Martial’s best performance in a Man United shirt, Kevin De Bruyne super finish, and more. 

Moment of the Week

Yes, yes, we’re probably all suffering from Liverpool fatigue at this point, but we can’t ignore the monumental achievement of winning a first league title in 30 years.

The Reds were several cuts above the rest of the division this season, and while it occurred in strange and unprecedented circumstances, it was great to see the entire team get to celebrate together rather than sipping on cans while staring at each other over a Zoom call.

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Player of the Week

Anthony Martial has endured many false starts to his Manchester United career, but he appears to be finally showing his worth to the club.

The Frenchman scored his first hat-trick for the Red Devils against Sheffield United last week, which was also the club’s first since Alex Ferguson retired. He’s now on 19 for the season in all competitions, making him United’s joint top scorer alongside Marcus Rashford.

Honourable Mentions: Phil Foden, Man City; Christian Pulisic, Chelsea.

Goal of the Week

Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea may have relinquished the Premier League title to Liverpool, but Kevin De Bruyne did at least score a cracking free-kick at Stamford Bridge, adding more weight to the argument that he might possess the sweetest strike of a ball in the league.

It was also one of those goals improved by the lack of a crowd, as you could very audibly hear the ball rattle the back of the net as it landed in the goal.

Honourable Mentions: James Ward-Prowse, Southampton (vs Watford); Danny Ings, Southampton (vs Watford); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool (vs Crystal Palace); Fabinho, Liverpool (vs Crystal Palace).

Save of the Week

Leicester City may have lost their scoring touch, but at least they have Kasper Schmeichel to save their bacon down the other end. The Dane saved a spot kick from Brighton‘s Neal Maupay last Tuesday, helping the Foxes to a clean sheet and another point in their quest for Champions League football.

 

Stat of the Week

David Moyes, a natural born winner.

 

Howler of the Week

This was an absolutely howler-ridden week in which we could have had multiple winners, but we’ve decided to award Alex McCarthy with the honour for his shocking attempt at a pass which allowed Eddie Nketiah to score the game’s first goal.

Dishonourable Mentions: soucek own goal, Bednarek OG, Ben Foster, Ben Mendy

Donkey of the Week

For the first time ever, the Donkey crown will be placed on the head of a non-footballing figure, as one Jake Hepple takes the dishonour this week.

Hepple was the main instigator behind the offensive and disgraceful ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ banner that was flown by plane over the Etihad Stadium during Manchester City’s 5-0 drubbing of the Clarets.

The 24-year-old, who claims 60 people contributed towards the £600 cost of flying the banner, says he isn’t racist (because of course he would), proclaiming: “I stand by this banner and what it says 100%. I’m not sorry at all and I’m not ashamed of what I’ve done.”

Read: The forgotten legacy of England’s first black captain

See Also: Five of the best football comedy sketches ever

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