Bryan Gunn’s Team of the Week: Manchester United continue to impress, Middlesbrough’s double strike, Hull City show quality

Bryan Gunn picks his best XI from a thrilling second weekend of Premier League action.

GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley)

While Tom Heaton wasn’t overly challenged by a Liverpool side managing 20+ shots on his goal on Saturday afternoon, the England goalkeeper provided a calming presence for his defence as Liverpool piled on the pressure.

Marshalling his box and claiming any crosses that came near, he provided the bedrock for a famous – and well-earned – Burnley victory.

RB: Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Despite not playing at right-back, his late goal seemed a good chance to shoe-horn Antonio into our Team of the Week for a much-needed confidence boost.

Antonio looked bereft of morale when he was subbed at Stamford Bridge last week (when playing right-back), but against Bournemouth he picked up his own little piece of history by becoming the first player to score a Premier League goal at London Stadium. With just five minutes to go…

CB: Eric Bailly (Manchester United)

The African defender has already gained many plaudits for his ‘no nonsense’ approach to defending for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, and he was excellent once again vs Southampton.

Playing his part in United’s first clean sheet of the season, Bailly provided the commanding presence alongside the assured Daley Blind and looked every bit the shrewd pick up by Mourinho.

CB: John Stones (Manchester City)

Who knew a good ball-playing centre-back would get off to a good start under a manager who thrives off possession and bringing the ball out from the back?

While City’s defence was breached via a penalty, Stones did his job very well and provided several decisive blocks to stop any further goals going past stand-in goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

LB: Andrew Robertson (Hull City)

With Elmohamady struggling to make anything for the visitors on the right-hand side, Robertson was Hull’s main attacking threat on the left flank and provided the width Hull needed to unlock Swansea.

He occasionally struggled to handle the pacey Modou Barrow, but never let the tricky winger get the better of him when it came to allowing the Swans a clear look on goal.

DM: Tom Huddlestone (Hull City)

With Hull looking like they were in all sorts of trouble pre-season, Tom Huddlestone has provided a calming presence in the middle of the park.

His experience will be invaluable on and off the field as the club ride through a tough spell, but Huddlestone was superb as Mike Phelan’s side won with a clean sheet at Swansea on Saturday. He lost possession at times, but also started some of Hull’s key attacking moments in the game.

CM: Robert Snodgrass (Hull City)

As against Leicester, Snodgrass was Hull’s main attacking threat from out wide against Swansea. He was unlucky not to win his side a penalty before playing a key part in the goal that clinched the match for Phelan at the death.

If he can continue to be a goal threat from midfield and add to his strike against Leicester last week, Hull have every chance of survival if they can add quality elsewhere.

CM: Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)

While not as spectacular as he was during his younger days at the Riverside, Downing played an important role as Middlesbrough picked up their first three points of the season against rivals Sunderland.

He kept control of the ball well in midfield, helped get the ball forward and even stuck his foot into the opposition at times. Went about his business quietly.

ST: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

After a rather bizarre performance in the Champions League midweek, Aguero silenced the Britannia Stadium with two first-half goals that put the game beyond Stoke City.

He calmly stepped up to smash home a penalty after missing two in Bucharest before glancing a classy header past Shay Given. Bad news for the rest of the league that the Argentine has got going quickly…

ST: Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough)

Not always the most popular player at the Riverside and certainly not the most consistent, but Stuani silenced any doubters on Sunday afternoon with a brace against Sunderland.

His first was undoubtedly goal of the weekend, somehow firing the ball past Vito Mannone despite not being able to get his foot all the way behind the ball. Stuani coolly scored his second before the break after good work from strike partner Alvaro Negredo.

ST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

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Making our Team of the Week for the second week running, Ibrahimovic completes the strike trio that managed two goals this weekend.

With Jose Mourinho and record signing Paul Pogba making their Old Trafford bows alongside Ibrahimovic under the Friday night lights, the Swede did the business with a bullet header and a cool penalty temporarily placing United at the top of the league.

Written by Rich Laverty

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