Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the past seven days.
Moment of the Week
Any victory over Manchester United is special, but Sheffield United’s first win at Old Trafford since 1973 was one of the most incredible results of the season.
Rooted to the bottom of the table, the Blades pulled out a brilliant performance against a lacklustre and jaded Man United side for their first away win of the campaign. The Yorkshire outfit subsequently lost 1-0 to Man City at the weekend, but they will be proud of coming away from meeting the top two in the same week with a 2-2 aggregate score.
Last time out in the PL. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/AtNi2NOPEc
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) January 30, 2021
Player of the Week
Coming off a run of five league games without a goal, Patrick Bamford bounced back in a big way against Leicester City on Sunday, scoring once and providing two assists in a 3-1 come-from-behind win.
Only three players have scored more goals in their first twenty Premier League appearances for Leeds United: Yeboah (15), Fowler (12), Viduka (12).
Bamford with a beauty! 😍
Raphinha's first time pass sets Bamford away and his left foot strike is perfect. Top 🗑
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 31, 2021
Goal of the Week
That beautiful right foot of James Rodriguez opened the scoring for Everton against Leicester City in midweek, but it’s the way the ball bounces in off the post that makes this such a satisfying watch.
— Everton (@Everton) January 28, 2021
Speaking of wonderful right-footed strikes from range, we couldn’t go without mentioning Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg‘s brilliant goal against Liverpool.
WHAT. A. HIT! 💥
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with a timely rocket for Spurs just moments after Trent Alexander-Arnold doubled Liverpool's lead!
Game on! pic.twitter.com/Yw0BlA3jRb
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 28, 2021
Runner-up: Mo Salah, Liverpool (vs West Ham); Patrick Bamford, Leeds United (vs Leicester).
Touch of the Week
In case you had forgotten who is the best attacking player in the Premier League, Mo Salah would like to remind you.
𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓, 𝐖𝐎𝐖! 🔥
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 31, 2021
Stat of the Week
Spurs' last league title is closer to the naming of Tyrannosaurus rex than it is to now
"but the tactical dinosaur these days is etc etc"
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) January 31, 2021
Howler of the Week
Jordan Pickford strikes again.
😬 It's not great from Jordan Pickford…
— Sporting Life Football (@SportingLifeFC) January 27, 2021
Donkey of the Week
There was a period of time last season where this column was handing this particular award to the racist idiots who took to abusing footballers on a weekly basis.
Thankfully that has not been the case nearly as much this season, but this week was one of the worst for racial abuse of players online from bigoted anonymous social media accounts.
Marcus Rashford, Axel Tuanzebe, Anthony Martial, Reece James, and Romaine Sawyers were all on the receiving end of such abuse this past week, illustrating just how widespread this problem is.
Humanity and social media at its worst. Yes I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am. No one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here 👊🏾
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 30, 2021