Premier League Team of the Week: Wayne Rooney Shines
The Premiership took a back seat to the domestic cup competitions this week, but there were three games to garner a team that is full of quality in all positions.
The Premiership this week had only three fixtures so chances of making the Team of the Week would be easier but some very good players failed to take advantage. However, the three games managed to produce a wonderful goal tally of 12 goals.
Arsenal - Bolton 4-2
Liverpool - Tottenham Hotspur 2-0
Manchester United - Hull City 4-0
GK: Pepe Reina (Liverpool)
The Spanish keeper didn't have a great deal to do this week, but as one of only two keepers to keep a clean sheet, he was by far the better of the two.
DF: Tomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)
Vermaelen was phenomenal in the heart of the Arsenal defense, despite the Gunners conceding two goals to the Trotters early on in the game. The Belgian centre back even chipped in with the Gunner's third goal to take them into the lead.
DF: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
Carragher had the sort of game that typified the reason that Fabio Capello contacted the Scouser about a return to the England fold. Solid and inspirational without being flashy.
DF: Sotirios Kyrgiakos (Liverpool)
The giant Grecian was a colossus in the Liverpool defense, never letting the ex-Liverpool player Crouch have a chance of anything in the air and keeping Defoe on the back foot during the whole game.
MF: Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
The experienced ex-England international was the rock that the heart of Manchester United team against Hull City. In a game were the scoreline flattered the hosts his controlled and measured performance was the reason the Tigers never fully got into a game were the reigning champions weren't allowed to shine.
MF: Nani (Manchester United)
The young Portuguese international was the driving force behind the Red Devils. He had a hand in all of the Manchester United goals and never relented in his attempts to keep the pressure on the Tigers.
MF: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
The Arsenal captain is leading from the front and his controversial goal got the Gunners back in the game, but it was his skilled play in the second half that won him a place in the Premiership team of the week and lead the Gunners to the top of the Premier League.
MF: Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal)
The Czech midfielder had a fantastic 88-minutes before getting a standing ovation by the Emirates crowd for his dominant display.
His goal just before the the half time break, allowed the Londoners back from the brink in a tense game against a battling Bolton side.
MF: Matthew Taylor (Bolton)
The Bolton midfielder Taylor had a fantastic game scoring from the penalty spot, harrying the Gunners and never giving them time on the ball. His free kick just outside the box brought one of the best saves of the week from Manuel Almunia.
FW: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
For a second week in a row the England international striker is the leading striker in the Premiership Team of the Week. His four goals against Hull City was the main difference between the two sides.
MW: Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers)
The Influential Davies had Arsene Wenger's Gunners side on the back foot with some inspired play for the first 25 minutes of the game.
Goal of the Week: Tomas Rosicky
Fabregas gained possession of the ball in the middle of the park, he threaded a perfectly timed pass through to Rosicky on the right side of the field.
The Czech midfielder eyed up his options, before striking a wonderful angled shot past Jaaskelainen, who was rooted to the spot, with the ball sailing just inside the near post.
A beauty of a goal.
Villain of the Week: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
The England international defender was back from injury but the only thing Sir Alex Ferguson would have been happy with is the fact that he managed the full 90-minutes.
Ferdinand managed to escape a yellow card for a wild high boot challenge on Hull City's Anthony Gardner in the first half, then inexplicably survived a full on red card, for a clear punch on Craig Fagan seen by everyone but the Officials.
Player of the Week: Wayne Rooney
The Manchester Untied striker was the gel that held the Red Devils together. He scored all of his teams goals and was the driving force behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side's victory that propelled them to the top of the Premiership.