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Premier League Team of the Week: Torres stars alongside Manchester United duo De Gea & Valencia

Fernando Torres is rewarded for his role in Chelsea’s 4-2 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday with his third appearance in our TOTW this season, after he scored his first Premier League goal since September.

Having led 2-0 at Villa Park, the home side stunned the Blues by pulling level in the space of three minutes, but the Spaniard’s headed flick-on found full-back Branislav Ivanovic to restore the lead, with the right-back also featuring in our XI after he scored twice at Villa Park.

Manchester United stopper David de Gea makes his third appearance of the campaign, with the 21-year-old pulling out a string of impressive saves at Ewood Park as the Red Devils left it late to seal a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.

The former Atletico Madrid man is joined in our TOTW by Antonio Valencia, who opened the scoring on Monday evening before feeding Ashley Young to double United’s lead as they pulled five points clear of Manchester City.

Roberto Mancini’s men were held to a 3-3 draw by Sunderland, with Sebastian Larsson scoring twice, and he makes his TOTW debut on the left-hand flank, while QPR trio Anton Ferdinand, Samba Diakite and Adel Taarabt also feature, after the midfield pair both scored their first ever Premier League goals to down Arsenal 2-1.

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse features for the second week in a row following his double against Liverpool, with team-mate James Perch unlucky to miss out after a solid display at centre-back despite his antics with Pepe Reina.

Leighton Baines also maintains his slot at left-back after another assured and creative display in Everton’s 2-0 win over West Brom, while Younes Kaboul rounds off our XI with his performance, helping Tottenham back to winning ways against Swansea City on Sunday.

Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored twice in the 3-1 win at White Hart Lane, just misses the cut, with Chelsea duo Petr Cech and Juan Mata are also both unlucky not to be included.

DE GEA
 Manchester United
 vs Blackburn (A)
 Player Rating: 7.5
 TOTW Apps: 3

IVANOVIC FERDINAND KABOUL
BAINES
 CHELSEA
QPR
TOTTENHAM EVERTON
 vs Aston Villa (A) vs Arsenal (H) vs Swansea (H)
vs West Brom (H)
 Player Rating: 7 Player Rating: 8 Player Rating: 7.5 Player Rating: 6.5
TOTW Apps: 2
TOTW Apps: 1
TOTW Apps: 4
TOTW Apps: 4

VALENCIA DIAKITE TAARABT
LARSSON
 MANCHESTER UNITED
QPR QPR SUNDERLAND
 vs Blackburn (H) vs Arsenal (H) vs Arsenal (H)
vs Manchester City (A)
 Player Rating: 8 Player Rating: 8.5 Player Rating: 8 Player Rating: 7.5
TOTW Apps: 7
TOTW Apps: 1
TOTW Apps: 2
TOTW Apps: 1


TORRES CISSE



 
CHELSEA
NEWCASTLE
 
vs Aston Villa (A) vs Liverpool (H)

 
Player Rating: 8.5 Player Rating: 8

TOTW Apps: 3
TOTW Apps: 2