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Shaban Lubega: PML Daily Premier League team of the Week 31

Mane scored twice in the win over Fulham on Sunday

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Fulham on Sunday. With Man City not in league action, the Reds took advantage through Sadio mane and James Milner’s winning penalty in between a Ryan Babel equalizer. Victory see the Reds move onto 76 points, two ahead of second placed City who have a game in hand.

For Chelsea, they missed a chance to close in on Man United and Arsenal as they lost 2-1 at Everton on the same day. With both Arsenal and United not in League action, the Blues conceded two second half goals by Richarlison and Gylfie Sigurdsson to remain 6th, three points off top four.

Elsewhere, West ham came from behind to defeat Huddersfield 4-3 at the London stadium, Wes Morgan scored an injury-time winner as Leicester overcame Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moore while Bournemouth and Newcastle played out a thrilling 2-2 draw.

In the FA Cup, Man City continued their march towards the Quadruple, coming from 2-0 down to defeat Swansea 3-2 at the Liberty stadium. Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Pep Guardiola made three substitutions that changed the game with Sergio Aguero scoring the winner very late in the game.

City’s cross-town rivals Man United lost their quarter final match away to Wolves 2-1 with Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scoring for the home side while Marcus Rashford grabbed United’s consolation goal.

With only 5 league games played this past weekend, i have included some FA Cup best performers to come up with a reasonable team.

GK: Jordan Pickford (Everton)

The England number one made five saves in the 2-0 win at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

RB: Seamus Coleman (Everton)

Kept tabs on Eden Hazard for much of the match as Everton soaked up the pressure in the first half at Goodison Park before stunning Chelsea after the break.

CB: Alex Pearce (Millwall)

Powered a header beyond Ryan for the opening goal at the New Den as Millwall looked set to cause another upset, only to be cruelly denied late on.

CB: Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

An early substitute after Harry Maguire’s red card, the Leicester captain was a colossus in defence then popped up with an unlikely winner at the death.

LB: Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Part of a Wolves rearguard that dominated their illustrious opponents, while the Spaniard also posed plenty of problems at the other end of the pitch.

MF: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfiled Town)

Mooy created four chances for Huddersfield away at West Ham, including an assist for Juninho Bacuna

MF: Etienne Capoue (Watford)

Scored the opener in Watford’s dramatic victory over Crystal Palace in their FA Cup quarter-final at Vicarage Road.

MF: Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)

Spent four seasons at Bournemouth but didn’t hold back with his celebrations after a thunderous late equaliser capped an impressive display.

FW: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Liverpool’s stand-out player with Sadio Mane still misfiring.

Scored the opener after neat link-up play with Roberto Firmino before winning the penalty which James Milner cooly slotted home.

FW: Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

A revelation this season as Wolves continue to exceed expectations, and the Portuguese striker was denied by a brilliant Sergio Romero save before a smart turn and finish broke the deadlock against United.

FW: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United)

Dropped to the bench in favour of Marko Arnautovic but made an instant impression when called off the bench, helping the Hammers come back to steal all three points with a brace in the final 10 minutes.

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