Mon, 21 Sep 2020

This week's matchday 33

Manchester United are on a run of 16 matches unbeaten and this is largely thanks to the acquisition of Bruno Fernandez as his arrival in January sparked the much-needed change at the Red Devils.

However, the Portuguese missed out on the chance of making the podium this week as I have opted to hand 18-year-old Mason Greenwood the gold medal.

Coming from scoring against Brighton and assisting Fernandez, the striker snatched a brace against Bournemouth as United strutted to a 5-2 victory.

The astonishing sight - and pleasing to some - was that he scored with his right and left foot on either side of half-time. Each effort was hit with immense power with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale buried.

Since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lured Greenwood out of the club's academy, the striker has been making headlines and many feel that the player could be knocking on the door for an England call-up already.

SILVER: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

After claiming the 2015/16 Premier League title, a host of clubs were after the star players at Leicester City as Riyad Mahrez, Ngolo Kante, Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater were among the individuals touted to depart.

However, instead of opting to flee King Power Stadium, Vardy was the only player who extended his deal with the Foxes and now the England international has reached a century of goals at the club (101 to be exact) after his double against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The 33-year-old had struggled to find his natural scoring prowess in front of goal since the Premier League resumed but manager Brendan Rodgers kept faith in the talisman and he sure looks like his old self again, leading Leicester's attack.

BRONZE: Jack Stephens (Southampton)

Southampton at home to Manchester City? Easy for Pep Guardiola's men, right?

Most believed that City would run riot at St Mary's following their 4-0 thumping of champions Liverpool three nights prior, but that was not the case.

In the 16th minute Che Adams caught City goalkeeper Ederson off his goalline and lobbed a lengthy strike, close to the halfway line, to give the Saints the lead and eventually the win as well.

But it was Southampton's defence that was impressive and in particular, Jack Stephens, who was outstanding as he orchestrated the defensive line against 29 shots courtesy of City's lethal attack.

Stephens blocked five shots in the 90 minutes, the most of any Southampton player.

Honourable mentions: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Bruno Fernandez (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Willian and Ross Barkley (both Chelsea).

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