Premier League Team of the Week: Mangala impresses on debut & Di Maria shines in defeat

The Manchester City defender gave an assured display against Chelsea, while Leicester City's Jamie Vardy also features after a match-winning display against Manchester United


There were shocks aplenty this weekend with Manchester United crashing to a 5-3 loss to Leicester while there were also unexpected losses for Liverpool and Everton. Chelsea were similarly left disappointed, as they missed out on the chance to move further clear of Manchester City.

Indeed, it was a good weekend for Arsenal, who beat Aston Villa with Danny Welbeck scoring his first goal for the club, while Alan Pardew lived to fight another day after Newcastle came back from two goals down to draw with Hull City.

Goal's Team of the Week starts at White Hart Lane where Ben Foster (3.5) kept a clean sheet to help West Brom to a 1-0 victory over Tottenham. The England international was a reliable and calming presence throughout the match and was quick off his line to shut down threats as the Baggies moved off the bottom of the table.

In defence we begin with Martin Kelly (3.5) who looked strong in defence, with a tackle success rate of 77 per cent, and also provided an assist for Fraizer Campbell as Crystal Palace pulled off another surprise result with a 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Joleon Lescott (4.5) forms part of our central defensive unit after an impressive first start for West Brom. The former Manchester City man was impeccable for the Baggies and brought much-needed experience in the heart of the Baggies defence, regularly thwarting a limp Spurs attack.

Alongside Lescott is Eliaquim Mangala (3.5) who made his Manchester City debut in their crucial clash against Chelsea and formed a strong partnership with Vincent Kompany in the champions' backline, dealing easily with the threat of Diego Costa thanks to his lightning-fast pace and enjoying a pass success rate of 91%.

Completing our defence is West Ham's Aaron Cresswell (3.5) who starred for the Hammers as they beat Liverpool 3-1. The 24-year-old almost got on the scoresheet himself with a ferocious shot from range.

Into midfield and Angel Di Maria (4) again makes it into our side despite his side's shock defeat to Leicester. The Argentina international may have ended up on the losing team on Sunday but his sublime goal was worth the admission price all by itself as he guided an outrageous lob into the back of the net.

Chelsea may have missed the chance to extend their lead over Manchester City but it was not for the want of trying with Nemanja Matic (3.5) controlling the midfield with a pass accuracy rate of 86% and a tackle success rate of 75%. The Blues are still yet to lose against the big seven when the Serb has played.

James Morrison (4) makes it three West Brom players in our side after his performance against Spurs. The midfielder was a threat throughout, with his set-piece delivery particularly dangerous, and headed the winning goal for his side in the second half.

Completing our midfield is Stewart Downing (4) who starred in West Ham's win over Liverpool. The former Red played a part in all three goals in a convincing win for Sam Allardyce's side.

Competition for places in attack is fierce this weekend with Peter Crouch, Danny Welbeck, Leonardo Ulloa all pushing for a spot and ending up unlucky to miss out.

The weekend's most unlikeliest hero is surely Jamie Vardy (4.5) who was the best player on the pitch as Leicester crushed Manchester United. The striker won a penalty, bagged two assists and scored the fourth goal as the Foxes ran riot.

Completing our line-up is Papiss Cisse (4) who returned from injury to rescue Newcastle, and quite possibly save Alan Pardew's job at the same time. The striker came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining and with his side 2-0 down and bagged a brace as Newcastle grabbed a point at St James' Park.