Manchester United 2 Manchester City 1, and a star for Ancelotti: Premier League team of the week

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Goalkeeper: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – A string of fine saves earned Crystal Palace a point at Southampton and made it a fine Christmas for Roy Hodgson’s team. AFP

Right-back: James Justin (Leicester City) – The 21-year-old came in for the injured Ricardo Pereira and excelled for Leicester’s second-string side as they won at West Ham. Getty

Centre-back: Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Assured and defiant, he helped Liverpool hold on to their lead against Wolves as they kept a fourth straight clean sheet. AFP

Centre-back: Victor Lindelof (Manchester United) – Stood up to the aerial challenge Burnley presented at Turf Moor as United ended their long wait for a clean sheet. Reuters

Left-back: Brandon Williams (Manchester United) – A precocious performance. The teenager was outstanding at Burnley to challenge Luke Shaw for his place. Getty

Right midfield: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) – Another assist and a goal for the in-form Belgian as he helped City get back to winning ways against Sheffield United. AP

Centre midfield: Jorginho (Chelsea) – Came on to change the game against Arsenal. Scored the equaliser as Frank Lampard’s first-half switch was rewarded. AFP

Centre midfield: Aaron Mooy (Brighton) – Opened his Brighton account in brilliant fashion against Bournemouth. Impressive and influential even before scoring. Reuters

Left midfield: Demarai Gray (Leicester City) – Showed character and quality to recover from his missed penalty to score Leicester’s winner at West Ham. AP

Striker: Troy Deeney (Watford) – The captain’s crucial brace helped 10-man Watford beat Aston Villa to make it seven points from their last three games. Reuters

Striker: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – Flourishing under Carlo Ancelotti, the striker made it three goals in two games for the new manager and consecutive wins. Getty


Richard Jolly

Dec 30, 2019

December 30, 2019


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Two defeats in three days, at Crystal Palace and home to a Leicester second string, ensured a miserable Christmas for West Ham fans.

There was even less cheer for manager Manuel Pellegrini as the poor results on the back of an alarming slump cost him his job.

Watford fans enjoyed Christmas with another home win, seeing off relegation rivals Aston Villa with a brace of goals from Troy Deeney, justifying his position in the team of the week.

Liverpool march on relentlessly, while Manchester United's frustrating inconsistency saw them bounce back from the Watford defeat to record wins against Newcastle and at Burnley.

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Updated: December 30, 2019 10:35 AM

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