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Premier League Weekly Awards: Manchester is red, classy Kane and Xhaka’s howler

Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the past seven days.

 

Moment of the Week

Going into the weekend’s Manchester Derby, the form guide suggested there would only be one winner. Manchester United said “sod that” to that notion, putting in a stellar performance to soundly defeat their local rivals.

Manchester City were caught cold in the opening minutes, as a clumsy Gabriel Jesus challenge on Anthony Martial gave Bruno Fernandes the chance to open the scoring from the spot in the second minute.

Luke Shaw doubled United’s lead in the second-half to end City’s 21-game winning run, while extending their unbeaten away run to 22 Premier League matches. It also saw an end to City’s 28-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Honourable Mention: Fulham’s first win over Liverpool at Anfield since 2012.

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Player of the Week

Harry Kane has produced a few really top performances this season, but this one is right up there. The England striker was involved in all of Tottenham Hotspur’s goals in their 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, scoring two and assisting two.

Runners-up: Luke Shaw (Manchester United); Gareth Bale (Spurs)

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Goal of the Week

That man again, Harry Kane‘s first strike was simply stunning. Not many strikers can score a goal quite like this.

I just had to include Southampton’s Che Adams here though, as his bullet of a hit rattled the net on Saturday in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

Runner-up: Mario Lemina, Fulham (vs Liverpool)

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Pass of the Week

Who needs James Maddison when Leicester City have Youri Tielemans delivering delicious assists like this?

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Miss of the Week

Romain Saiss might just have secured himself the miss of the season award on Saturday. There were a host of big misses when Aston Villa and Wolves played out a goalless draw, but this was by far the worst of them.

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Stat of the Week

Quote of the Week

Chris Wilder isn’t going to let this season get him down.

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Howler of the Week

Arsenal were the better team on Saturday, but gifted Burnley an equaliser that cost them two points. Granit Xhaka obviously deserves criticism for his bizarre attempt to get the ball away, but what is Bernd Leno doing giving him the ball there anyway? He put his teammate in a really awkward position.

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Donkey of the Week

Fulham were denied a precious point in their battle for Premier League survival when Josh Maja’s excellent goal was ruled out due to a handball in the lead-up. As we have likely all seen by now, the ‘handball’ by Mario Lemina made absolutely no difference to the play as his arms were by his side and the ball would have hit him on the hip.

The very next day IFAB announced that they were changing the handball rule so that accidentally handling it in the lead-up to a goal would no longer see the goal ruled out.

While it is a welcome change, that is of no use to Fulham now. It’s also incredulous that they should come to such a decision midseason like this when it’s not as if there haven’t been examples of perfectly good goals being disallowed due to innocuous handballs.

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