Date: 2nd October 2017 at 8:40pm
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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 Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford in the four nil victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend at Old Trafford 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 the duo as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘To win the endorsement of Manchester United fans takes some doing. Players such as captain Michael Carrick, for example, have had to work especially hard to win the approval of the Old Trafford faithful. In that sense, Red Devils midfielder Marouane Fellaini is in very good company. The Belgium international has found winning their approval particularly difficult since David Moyes signed him from Everton for £27.5m in September 2013. Nevertheless, to the Belgium international’s credit, he’s stuck at it and, indeed, may have cracked it. Against a poor Crystal Palace team, who are low in confidence, Fellaini’s presence was telling and he struck me as a significant player in the United team in a way I hadn’t noticed before. That presence seems to have transferred itself to the United fans, which is probably why they have started to chant his name. And nothing gives a player more prominence, and confidence, than when the fans start chanting your name.’


‘I said it on Final Score on Saturday – Marcus Rashford absolutely rinsed Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward for United’s first goal, then proceeded to terrorise the Eagles for the entire afternoon. The look on Palace manager Roy Hodgson’s face in the dugout said it all. To be fair, Ward deserved more help. To leave the Palace defender so isolated, especially in the first half against a player of Rashford’s pace and agility, was short-sighted and he deserved back-up. It was like watching a great white shark tossing its prey about before devouring the poor soul. It took Palace far too long to plug that gap. It was Palace’s right side where all their problems seem to come from. Ashley Young also provided the cross for Fellaini’s goal from that side. With no points on the board, and indeed no goals, Palace look in a perilous situation. But they do have the quality in the side to do something quite miraculous. If so, they are going to have to show far more courage than they did at Old Trafford. Fortunately they won’t have to play against Manchester United – or someone like Rashford – every week.’

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 the win.

Full Team:

Ederson (Manchester City), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).