6 of the best moments from a crazy weekend of Premier League football

Scott Saunders
90Min

We've got to say goodbye to the Premier League again for a couple of weeks unfortunately, as the dreaded international break is again upon us.

English football's top division was the place to be again this weekend though, and here's six of the best moments to take away from it.

Best Goal

 

Manchester United fans can party hard for the next couple of weeks. They've FINALLY moved out of 6th position in the Premier League table. 

Jesse Lingard played a big part in ensuring that happened. Drafted in for the trip to Middlesbrough amid injuries, suspensions and fatigue following a hectic week of fixtures, the England international stepped up to the plate and scored what was probably the goal of the weekend.

Middlesbrough's defenders backed off Lingard as he ran towards goal on the counter attack, but his finish was exquisite - it arrowed right into the top corner. 

The celebration though, well, the less said about that the better.

FBL-ENG-PR-MIDDLESBROUGH-MAN UTD


 

Best Game

Manchester City and Liverpool played out the most exciting of 1-1 draws at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams are known for being a little bit top-heavy (given they can't defend but are brilliant to watch going forward), and the second half only reinforced that theory. There were misses galore, both teams could have won, and the game had almost everything.

It even had Roberto Firmino celebrating what he thought would be a goal as Adam Lallana completely mis-kicked what was the game's best opportunity. Beautiful.


Best Save


West Ham United v Leicester City - Premier League

Kasper Schmeichel has made a habit of making big, big saves over the last couple of years. 

His past few appearances in particular have been notable. He saved penalties in both legs of the Champions League last 16 win over Sevilla, but his save at the London Stadium against West Ham on Saturday took the biscuit.

In injury time, he faced a Robert Snodgrass free kick. The ball deflected off the wall and into the path of Andy Carroll, six yards out, and somehow Schmeichel managed to deny him with his chest. He admitted he didn't know too much about it afterwards, but still. Shades of the old man, that.

Best Aeroplane

ARSENAL PLEASE NEVER CHANGE.

The soap opera surrounding the future of Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is coming to a head, finally. Wenger has admitted he knows what he's going to do next season, and reports are rife that the Frenchman is all set to anger a massive percentage of the fanbase and...sign a new contract.


Arsenal's performance against West Brom at the weekend was hysterically bad. But, in an even funnier turn of events, the divided supporters decided to fly a "Wenger Out" banner through the skies over the Hawthorns.

Twitterers everywhere were only just catching their breath after seeing it before being knocked to the ground with, yeah, another banner. This time, it was one fighting Wenger's corner - with the words "In Arsene We Trust" trailing through the air.

Please stay, Arsene.


Best Assist

Back we go to the Etihad.

Manchester City had made a beeline for scoring one certain type of goal against Liverpool on Sunday. They tried and tried to sling crosses in from the right hand side between the Liverpool defence and goalkeeper, but to no avail for the first 70 minutes.

It did however come off eventually. Kevin de Bruyne was switched out to the right hand side and drilled a low cross behind Joel Matip for Sergio Aguero to turn home. Classy.

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League


 

Best Slip

Victor Valdes didn't have the best time at Manchester United. He was banished from the first team under Louis van Gaal, forced to train with the youth team, and was even robbed of an official club suit. 

He played well at Old Trafford in December, and had been looking likely to frustrate United again with a succession of saves at the Riverside. United eventually wore Boro down, but the hosts got themselves back in it after a Rudy Gestede goal.

 

As the pressure was mounting on United, Valdes was handed a back pass. Under pressure from Antonio Valencia though, Valdes channelled his inner Steven Gerrard and slipped as he was about to clear, desperately trying to clutch the ball from the ground as Valencia took it away from him in the six yard box.

Of course, Tony V had to dribble in and finish with his right foot though, as he actually cannot use his left.

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