Premier League Team of the Week with Derby Winners Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

Premier League Team of the Week with Derby Winners Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone

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    Another weekend has passed in the Premier League, with nine more matches bringing us some great team and individual performances.

    We've picked the best of those players from the weekend's games to come up with our first February Premier League Team of the Week for you, this time set up in an offensive 3-5-2.

    Agree or disagree with the selections? Leave your comments below!

GK: Vito Mannone

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    The Sunderland stopper was very busy during the Tyne-Wear derby on Saturday, particularly in the second half.

    Sunderland were certainly the better side, but Vito Mannone still had to be a dominant force aerially while making a number of saves.

    Good organisation and distribution were also important facets of his play.

CB: Per Mertesacker

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    Arsenal picked up another three points thanks to yet another clean sheet and a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, and central to their efforts was centre-back Per Mertesacker.

    He might not have had his busiest ever game with the away team extremely negative in their approach, but he made a number of excellent interceptions and tackles against counter-attacks.

    The German also kept his concentration and organised the back line throughout, unlike his partner in defence on the day.

CB: Jose Fonte

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    Southampton got plenty of plaudits for their excellent and fluid attack in their 3-0 win at Fulham, but Jose Fonte in defence was just as important.

    The centre-back made a huge 14 clearances during the game, as well as winning both of his tackles and five interceptions.

    He was a rock at the back for his team and provided the platform for the clean sheet—Fulham managed just four shots on target.

CB: Wes Brown

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    Another of Sunderland's defensive heroes in the derby was Wes Brown, who was impassable at the back and kept baying at his team-mates all game long, organising and harassing.

    Brown was solid aerially and made his share of tackles and clearances, but it was his constant organising and directing of the players around him which made him stand out.

RM: Raheem Sterling

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    Liverpool didn't have the best of times against West Brom on Sunday, but Raheem Sterling was the best attacker on the park for the Reds.

    His pace and movement were a constant outlet for his team down the right side, always offering width to receive the ball while remaining confident and competent in cutting infield in possession.

    Sterling completed nine take-ons, showing his offensive threat, but he also ended the game as wing-back and won two of three tackles, highlighting his defensive capabilities.

CM: Charlie Adam

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    Here's the first of our goalscorers for the weekend, Stoke City match-winner Charlie Adam.

    Adam struck twice, a deflected free-kick and a very-much-not-deflected top-corner scorcher, to defeat Manchester United 2-1. He also hit a further two shots on target, really giving David de Gea a tough match.

    The former Liverpool and Blackpool midfielder worked hard at both ends of the field, but ultimately it is his match-winning contribution which earns him a spot.

CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    In a four-goal central midfield partnership, we also have Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who put two past Crystal Palace in the second half to give the Gunners the win.

    Playing in a deeper central midfield role than usual, he loosened the shackles in the second half to break forward a number of times, overloading a Palace defence which was previously rigid, organised and difficult to break down.

    Keeping his cool was the big difference between Arsenal going top of the league and missing a big opportunity.

LM: Wilfried Zaha

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    Rarely might a substitute make the Team of the Week, but Wilfried Zaha's impact after coming on for Cardiff City definitely warrants it.

    The left-winger took the game to Norwich City when his team had previously been under the cosh, making a number of important passes and bringing lots of pace to the attack.

    Vitally, he also helped Cardiff back into the game by providing a debut assist for Craig Bellamy to level up the scores.

AM: Adam Lallana

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    At the head of the midfield is another Southampton performer who excelled against Fulham, England international Adam Lallana.

    He scored the opening goal of the game on 64 minutes, completed almost 90 percent of his passes and was highly involved in all of the Saints' best work.

    Lallana continues to press his claims for a World Cup place with his consistent displays.

FW: Fabio Borini

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    It's not been often that Sunderland have warranted three players in a Team of the Week this season, but their derby win over Newcastle warrants it.

    Fabio Borini was excellent in the Black Cats' attack, scoring one with a brilliant penalty, setting up another and generally terrorising the home team's defensive line.

    He chased down everything, refused to give the centre-backs an easy time and got his rewards.

FW: Andy Carroll

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    A controversial final choice perhaps, given he was shown a straight red card later in the game, but Andy Carroll had already had a match-winning performance by then. His team really needed it, too.

    Carroll set up two goals with towering headers, knocking the ball down for Kevin Nolan to score on both occasions.

    A red for an arm in the face of Chico Flores soured his day, but it seemed a harsh card for the striker.