Date: 25th April 2016 at 12:55pm
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Manchester United are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by David de Gea and Anthony Martial in the FA Cup semi final two one victory over Everton at the weekend at Wembley was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected both as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

de Gea:

‘I was watching the FA Cup semi-final with Brighton manager Chris Hughton, who turned to me and said: ‘He’ll save this.’ He was, of course, referring to David de Gea, who was about to thwart Romelu Lukaku from the penalty spot and break Everton fans’ hearts. Hughton was predicting things that only a manager could possibly know in the very evenly-balanced cup tie and it was starting to irritate me. I wanted to ask him how Roberto Martinez would have been feeling, and can a manager actually do anything when his team have just missed a penalty? I was glad I didn’t because it would have been the wrong question. De Gea actually ‘saved’ both the penalty and Manchester United from another season of mediocrity. United’s win means Louis van Gaal has the opportunity in May’s final to avoid an ignominious exit from Old Trafford – and also tightened the noose around Martinez’s neck. Who would have thought you could do all that with one save?’


‘At last, Louis van Gaal has taken the shackles off his players’ ankles and allowed them to play the sort of football in keeping with Manchester United’s traditions. No-one has benefited more than Anthony Martial, who probed and prodded his way into the dark recesses of Everton’s back four, found a key, unlocked their door and robbed them of all their possessions. To be perfectly honest, Everton had been warned. It was Martial who twisted Mo Besic inside out and laid on Marouane Fellaini’s goal on the stroke of half-time before he produced another touch of magic to score United’s winner. Once the France forward found himself face-to-face with Joel Robles in the Everton goal, there was only going to be one outcome. This lad looked a bit special the moment he walked into Old Trafford last summer. In fact he looks as if he could be a Manchester United captain one day.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to both for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course getting through to the final.

Full Team:

David de Gea (Manchester United), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City), N’Golo Kante (Leicester City), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City)