Goalkeeper: Alex Murphy (Southampton)
He couldn’t prevent Newcastle from scoring, but without Alex McCarthy, Southampton would’ve been on the receiving end of an awful drubbing. His penalty save from matt Richie was superb and he was alert on multiple occasions to keep the Saints in with a chance. The one Southampton player who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.
Defender: James Milner (Liverpool)
Asked to deputise for the rested Andy Robertson, James Milner stepped into the Scotland international’s boots and performed heroically for a Liverpool side two wins away from their first Premier League title. His last-ditch clearance off the line to give Liverpool all three points was typical Milner and his workmanlike performance will have pleased Jurgen Klopp.
Defender: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
Despite an indifferent season, Manchester United have been superb in their derby wins over their nearest rivals and Sunday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City was another solid showing from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. The performance of Aaron Wan-Bissaka down United’s right-hand side was marvellous as he contributed massively to both defence and attack with a tireless display.
Defender: Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace)
Something of a regular fixture in this side is Crystal Palace’s Gary Cahill. Due to his experience and expertise at Chelsea, clubs should’ve been queuing up for the former England international, but it was only Palace who showed interest. Cahill has been immense all season and that was once again evident on Saturday as his Palace side grinded out a 1-0 win over Watford.
Defender: Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
What a difference Harry Maguire could’ve made to Manchester City’s season if he would’ve ended up there instead of Old Trafford. Against City on Sunday, Maguire stood up to the threat of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling and the clean sheet his side enjoyed was much deserved.
Midfielder: Harvey Barnes (Leicester City)
Once considered title contenders this season following a superb start, Leicester’s form has gone a little wayward in recent months, but they looked back to their best against a disjointed Aston Villa side. Harvey Barnes was at the centre of this stunning display and his two goals were well taken efforts that his performance warranted.
Midfielder: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Manchester United fans have been spoilt with luxury players during the Premier League era and Bruno Fernandes looks set to be the next one. Their pursuit of the Portuguese playmaker was a lengthy one, but what a signing he looks. Against Manchester City, Fernandes was once again superb as he played between the lines brilliantly to upset City’s defence on his way to a 2-0 victory for United.
Midfielder: Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
A lot was made of Billy Gilmour’s performance against Liverpool in the FA Cup midweek tie, and the Scottish youngster continued his fine form in Chelsea’s 4-0 hammering of Everton on Sunday. Always available for the ball, Gilmour was a superb outlet for Chelsea and he used the ball well whenever in possession. A lot has been made of Frank Lampard’s youth policy, Gilmour could be the best yet.
Midfielder: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
It was a nervy performance from Liverpool at times against Bournemouth, but Sadio Mane was one player who could be counted on to find composure at the right time. His assist for Mohamed Salah’s equalizer was fortunate, but his finish to put Liverpool ahead was first class. One of the players of the season and this was further evidence why.
Forward: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
A constant nuisance up front for Manchester United, Anthony Martial didn’t let the Manchester City defence rest as his side took local bragging rights. His opening goal was a well-rehearsed free kick that perhaps could’ve been kept out by a bumbling Ederson, but Martial’s industry meant he deserved his luck. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want more consistency from his front man.
Forward: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
It was only a cameo appearance for Jamie Vardy as he came off the bench against Aston Villa, but what an impact he made. His pursuit of the Golden Boot looks an interesting race with Mohamed Salah and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang breathing down his neck, but Vardy’s two goals on Monday night were a reminder of just how deadly the Foxes man can be.
Forward: Pedro (Chelsea)
Chelsea were all over Everton from the opening stages on Sunday, and it was Pedro who was the chief tormentor of the Merseyside club. Tricky and tireless, Pedro worked hard throughout Sunday’s encounter and his goal to put distance between the sides on the scoreline was a well taken effort. Chelsea fans will be hoping to see more of this from their Spanish striker.