With only four weeks to go till the end of the season, each and every point gained at this stage is like gold dust. Chelsea and West Ham earned crucial victories this week in the race for the Champions League places while Leicester City slipped up against 10-man Southampton. While the marquee fixture of the weekend Manchester United versus Liverpool was postponed due to fan protests, we still saw some impressive individual performances across the country and here is our Man’s Life Team of the Week.
GK: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Edouard Mendy earned his 16th clean-sheet of the season at the weekend and made three key saves in the first half against Fulham to keep Chelsea in the game.
RB: Serge Aurier (Tottenham)
Serge Aurier has received plenty of criticism in recent weeks but the Ivory Coast international put in a promising performance against Sheffield United which included two assists and a clean sheet.
CB: Jonny Evans (Leicester City)
After his assist last week, Jonny Evans was able to get on the scoresheet against Southampton with a pinpoint header to give the Foxes an important point as they look to seal Champions League football for next season.
CB: Mohammed Salisu (Southampton)
Mohammed Salisu produced a gritty back to the wall display for Southampton as the 10 men Saints managed to hold Leicester to a 1-1 draw. Salisu was superb in defence and made 11 clearances, 6 recoveries and 2 tackles to deny the Premier League’s hottest striker pairing of Vardy and Iheanacho.
LB: Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
Mendy was part of a rotated Manchester City XI that played against Crystal Palace and the Frenchman put in another solid shift at left-back as he bagged one assist and created 3 chances in a routine 2-0 victory.
RM: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Son caused the Sheffield United defence problems all night long with his pace and trickery and he capped off his performance with a wonderful curled effort from outside the box to give Tottenham a 4-0 win.
CM: Mohammed Elneny (Arsenal)
Mohammed Elneny scored the first Premier League goal of his career for the Gunners and produced a tidy display in the middle of the park for Arsenal away to Newcastle.
CM: Rodri (Manchester City)
Rodri completely ran the show for Manchester City against Crystal Palace and managed an impressive 111 passes and 15 recoveries for Pep Guardiola’s side at Selhurst Park.
LM: Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
Gareth Bale lit up Matchday 34 with a stunning hat-trick against Sheffield United. The Welsh international rolled back the years for Tottenham and produced three stunning strikes to take home the match ball and give Spurs the much-needed victory.
ST: Kai Havertz (Chelsea)
Kai Havertz has excelled in his new number nine role for Chelsea in recent weeks and added another two goals against Fulham at the weekend with some clever instinctive movement and clinical finishing.
ST: Michail Antonio (West Ham)
Michail Antonio returned to the West Ham line up against Burnley after injury and scored both goals for the Hammers to give them a vital 2-1 victory as they keep their top-four hopes alive this season.
Manager of the week: Graham Potter (Brighton)
Graham Potter has secured Brighton’s future in the Premier League for another season with their 2-0 victory over Leeds United at the weekend. Goals from Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck helped the Seagulls jump into 14th place in the table with Potter’s side now 10 points clear of the relegation zone.