Another weekend of Premier League action has come and gone with the two Manchester clubs joint top of the Premier League after five games.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all lost ground on both City and United who won their fixtures comprehensively.
We take a look at the top performers from matchday five…
Goalkeeper – Nick Pope (Burnley)
Despite Liverpool having 35 shots, Burnley managed to grab a point at Anfield to continue their great start to the season. Scott Arfield’s opener was cancelled out by a Liverpool goal, but the Clarets held on to the draw. In the absence of Tom Heaton, young keeper Nick Pope was in fine form to deny the Reds, making eight saves including an acrobatic effort to keep out Dominic Solanke from close range.
Defender – Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
Chelsea and Arsenal shared the points at Stamford Bridge, and Arsene Wenger had a strong defensive performance to thank for earning his side a share of the spoils. Shkodran Mustafi was rumoured with a summer exit following an indifferent first season in England but was in superb form against the Blues. The German was excellent at the back and thought he had snatched the winner, but it was flagged for offside.
Defender – Ashley Young (Manchester United)
With Marco Darmian dropping to the bench and Luke Shaw not yet in the first-team contention, Ashley Young started at left-back against Everton. The former Aston Villa winger completed more interceptions (5) than any other United player as the Red Devils cruised to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford. He was a constant menace down the left for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Defender – Federico Fernandez (Swansea)
Swansea were able to hold Tottenham to a 0-0 on Wembley, and Federico Fernandez was in fantastic form to earn Paul Clement a huge point. Lukasz Fabianski was also in top form to deny the hosts, but it was Fernandez who was the stand-out performer. He completed 18 clearances, more than any other Swansea player, to help Swansea keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet on their travels.
Midfield – Mario Lemina (Southampton)
In a transfer window that was dogged by Virgil Van Dijk’s transfer saga, Southampton may have completed one of the value for money moves of the summer with Mario Lemina arriving from Juventus for £15m. He had more touches than anyone else on the pitch in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and also completed 90% of his passes.
Midfield – Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth halted their run of five successive defeats by picking up their first win of the season on Friday against Premier League newcomers Brighton. The Cherries came from behind after Solly March’s goal with Jordon Ibe’s introduction in the 65th minute being the catalyst for a comeback. The ex-Liverpool winger assisted Bournemouth’s equaliser and Jermain Defoe’s winner in giving Eddie Howe three huge points.
Midfield – Matt Ritchie (Newcastle)
Newcastle ended a run of five games without a win against Stoke City by securing a narrow 2-1 victory at St. James Park. Rafael Benitez’s side have put a dreadful start behind them and are starting to find their feet back in the Premier League. Ex-Bournemouth winger, Matt Ritchie, was instrumental in their victory, providing the assists for Christian Atsu and Jamaal Lascelles.
Midfield – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Arguably the signing of the summer window, Mohamed Salah continued his impressive form since his move to Liverpool with another goal at Burnley to earn his side a point. The Egyptian winger netted his third Premier League in four appearances, controlling Emre Can’s long ball superbly before blasting home in front of the Kop.
Forward – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Manchester City have looked unstoppable at times this season, and Sergio Aguero looks back to his best. After scoring against Liverpool and Shakhtar, he continued his impressive form with a hat-trick against Watford in the 6-0 win. There was suggestions that Aguero would not feature in Pep Guardiola’s plans this season, but the Argentine remains a key player for the Spaniard.
Forward – Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Aguero’s partner in crime, Gabriel Jesus, was also in fantastic form against the Hornets. The duo have struck up a wonderful partnership regarding both goals and assists. Jesus scored twice against Liverpool and added to the rout at Vicarage Road – scoring in his fourth successive fixture in all competitions.
Forward – Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)
Both Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney returned to play against their former clubs with the Belgian forward ensuring the ex-England captain endured a miserable afternoon. Given plenty of stick by the Everton fans, Lukaku netted for his new side with a minute remaining before gesturing to the away supporters. The former Chelsea striker remains joint top of the Premier League goal-scoring charts with five strikes already.
Who do you think was the star performer from matchday five?