Date: 30th October 2017 at 9:00am
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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 performance by Antonio Valencia in the one nil victory over Tottenham Hotspur 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 Valencia as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘Saturday’s game against Tottenham was massive for Manchester United, and one they had to win. They simply couldn’t afford to go to Chelsea next week with the prospect of having to win just to stay in touch with Manchester City. One of the driving forces behind United this season has been Antonio Valencia. The Ecuador international was at his consistent best against a Tottenham side who, in my view, gave this game away and missed Davinson Sanchez, who has been outstanding so far this season. Spurs played the better football and a 0-0 draw would have been good enough under the circumstances, but without the injured Harry Kane they were never really going to hurt United. In fact I would go as far as to say that without Kane, Spurs aren’t frightening any of the top four sides, especially away from home. However, with United’s Romelu Lukaku slightly off the pace and Marcus Rashford with a mandate to score within 70 minutes or he’s off, it was left to Valencia to marshal his defence well enough not to give Tottenham a sniff of their goal and that’s precisely what he did. I have to add, why playing Rashford, Martial and Lukaku in a three-man attack at Old Trafford should frighten Mourinho is a mystery to me. And he calls himself the ‘Special One’.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Valencia for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course taking the win.

Full Team:

Joe Hart (West Ham), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

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