Jose Mourinho was eager to silence the naysayers at the final whistle of Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham in the Premier League curtain raiser for Gameweek 10.
A string of injury misfortunes and less-than-desirable results led to a quiet sense of disgruntlement at Old Trafford, but the Portuguese manager left fully vindicated by his substitute decision playing a hand in the final result.
On the other side of Manchester, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City continued winning ways in a shootout against West Brom, winning 3-2, while Premier League holders Chelsea edged out Bournemouth in a tightly contested 1-0 victory.
Top-four hopefuls Arsenal and Liverpool turned in winning efforts against Swansea City and Huddersfield Town, respectively, while Burnley are in a healthy position of 7th after a bright start to the campaign.
Who stood out from the pack and is deserving of recognition in Gameweek 10? Find out in our Premier League Team of the Week!
Gave absolutely everything to keep West Ham’s chance of taking all three points alive against Crystal Palace, making seven saves, but was beaten at the death by another player who will feature in our Team of the Week.
Scored and assisted in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Swansea City, as well as proving highly efficient with his distribution, completing 92% of his passes.
Largely untroubled by a Harry Kane-less Tottenham attack, but did what was asked of him to full effect, laying on two tackles, making five interceptions and eight clearances.
An imperial display at the back from the Frenchman in Stoke’s narrow win over Watford, winning eight headers, 4 tackles and making a whopping 14 clearances.
Mopped up everything that Newcastle threw at him in Burnley’s 1-0 win, winning six headers, 10 clearances and three interceptions.
The Brazilian’s versatility is a strength which Pep Guardiola is clearly fond of; his range of passing was on show with two key passes – one of them an assist for Leroy Sane – but he did not neglect his defensive responsibilities, winning two tackles, three headers and making three clearances. Got on the scoresheet with a deflected effort.
Crystal Palace and West Ham provided entertainment in abundance in the 2-2 draw over the weekend, though Yohan Cabaye’s display personified the fight with which Roy Hodgson claimed his side needed to show to get out of their rut – winning seven tackles, making three interceptions and three key passes, as well as having more touches of the ball (78) than any other player on the field.
The catalyst to Chelsea’s victory over Bournemouth, the silky Belgian used his playmaking abilities to influence the game, laying on seven key passes. However, with none of his teammates capable of providing the finishing touch, Hazard took the liberty of breaking the deadlock by finishing with the calmness and composure he’s become synonymous for during his time with The Blues.
Amidst the darkness of Crystal Palace’s 2017/18 Premier League campaign comes one shining light: Wilfried Zaha. The 24-year-old’s 96th minute equaliser encapsulated the fighting spirit of his side, who seemed dead and buried after going 2-0 down in the first half.
Demarai Gray brought the King Power Stadium to its feet with individual quality in Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Everton, picking up the ball inside his own half and evading the efforts of three challenges before playing the pass that allowed Riyad Mahrez to square up Jamie Vardy in a typical Leicester City counter-attack goal. Also got the credit for a huge deflection just minutes later.
A brief but decisive involvement in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford. The Frenchman came off the bench in the 70th minute to end up scoring the winner, following up on Romelu Lukaku’s flick on and scuffing a shot past Hugo Lloris – his fourth Premier League goal off the bench this season, and one which equals his league tally from 2016/17.