Our weekly Premier League Awards honor the best – and worst – of the weekend’s football action.
Moment of the week
There’s somewhere else to start, though Cristiano RonaldoThe goalscorer’s return to Old Trafford?
After several seasons of indifference and transition, Ronaldo’s return has renewed hope that Manchester United can return to England’s top team for the first time in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The atmosphere around the club’s clash against Newcastle was already shrouded in excitement, but it culminated when Ronaldo scored the goal in first-half stoppage time.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will have less easier results on his record-breaking collection of goals, but that didn’t matter as the home crowd broke out with the inclusion of a “SIUUU” trademark as Ronaldo sped off to celebrate.
– Nick Speakman (@_Nick) September 11, 2021
His second was a memento of the class the 36-year-old still holds, a blistering backlog and crisp finish to restore the Red Devils lead after Javier Manquillo threatened to be the most unlikely party pooper.
Ronaldo is back – and it promises cinema visits.
Player of the Week
Ronaldo’s return rightly dominated the headlines, but our Player of the Week award goes to Chelsea’s Mateo kovacic.
In the absence of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho from Chelsea’s engine room, Kovacic took over the West London clash against Aston Villa while debutant Saul Niguez fought alongside him.
His template for Romelu Lukaku’s opening goal was exquisite, dancing his way through the traffic of two Aston Villa challenges before charging forward and forging a perfect loft pass in the Belgian’s path.
⭐️ man of the game, @ChelseaFCby Mateo Kovacic
61/72 rounds completed
9 possessions won
1 opportunity created – template for Lukaku’s opening goal
2 shots, 1 shot on goal – 1st home goal for the club pic.twitter.com/ZBvFBcfWqc
– Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 11, 2021
No player recorded more ball touches, passes or won duels than the Croatian international.
Goal of the week
Bruno Fernandes Excellent reminder that these days two brilliant Portuguese footballers are starring at Manchester United.
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2021
Special mention should also be made of Jesse Lingard’s fourth goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, a wonderful, intricate move and a nice finish for the England international as Old Trafford basked in an atmosphere to enjoy it.
Dream Debut Prize
Odsonne Edouard It only took seconds to become the instant favorite of Crystal Palace support this weekend.
Edouard came from Celtic with a formidable record, wasting no time proving he can make it south of the border, scoring his second touch just 28 seconds after being introduced as a substitute.
83 ‘ @ Oedouard22 makes Palace debut
83 ‘points after 27 seconds
93 ‘Score second goal
What a debut 🤩 pic.twitter.com/9QOubO8uuy
-B / R soccer (@brfootball) September 11, 2021
His dream debut was crowned with a second injury-time goal as Patrick Vieira secured his first win as Palace coach.
Miss of the week
No player in the Premier League recorded a higher expected number of goals (xG 3.9) or more shots (23) than Sadio mane this season, with the Liverpool striker being more than a little lavish with the goal in recent weeks.
The Senegalese international has adopted a shoot-on-sight mentality, although this has often been ignored at the expense of teammates in better positions.
Mane was back in the thick of it when Jurgen Klopp’s side won 3-0 in Leeds, but will want to forget that moment after losing a unique opportunity to double his side’s lead.
Diogo Jota’s stormy run and flank required the tiniest of keys to convert at close range, only for Mane to blow his efforts over the bar when it seemed easier to score.
“Oh, he missed it!” 😲
Sadio Mane is giving away a unique opportunity to extend Liverpool’s lead!
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 12, 2021
He made up for Liverpool third place with a good finish but this was a howl that the striker was fortunate enough not to make his squad expensive.
Quote of the week
“Everyone knows that football is different here in England than in any other part of the world. I’ve played everywhere and to be honest, England is special.
“I belong to Man Utd. I came here when I was 18, they treated me amazingly and that’s why I came back. I am so proud to be here and I want to win. “
– Cristiano Ronaldo
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Donkey of the week
The feel-good factor surrounding the start of the Spurs under Nuno Espirito Santo evaporated in the blink of an eye at the Crystal Palace when the North Londoners were overwhelmed against their rivals from the capital.
Palace was worth the three points for the Eagles on a fine afternoon, despite a great help to the hosts Japheth TanganaSubmit it.
The 22-year-old has won a lot of praise this season, but showed his inexperience at Selhurst Park and got two bookings in quick succession to climb his team – already under increasing pressure – with a mountain.
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His first came after a cynical obliteration from Wilfried Zaha as the Spurs defense struggled to contain the winger before overrun the ball and embarked on a second challenge moments later.
The 10-man Spurs, who had already replaced Eric Dier due to injury, collapsed in the closing stages and conceded three goals when their perfect start to the season came to an emphatic end.
Reading – Premier League Team of the Week
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