It’s not every day you witness a team win a game of football 9-0. In Matchweek 22 however, we saw just that as Manchester United blew Southampton away, to record the joint-most emphatic win in Premier League history. The surprises didn’t end there though, as Liverpool lost at home once again to in-form Brighton, and Jesse Lingard ran riot at Villa Park on his West Ham debut. These were all just some of the headline grabbers in a remarkable start to February in the Premier League.
Stars in Premier League – Gameweek 22
Goalkeeper: Robin Olsen (Everton)
Everton’s strong recent away form continued, the Toffees holding firm to see off Leeds United 2-1 at Elland Road. Following some poor form from Jordan Pickford, Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen stepped in between the posts and produced a strong performance, making some good saves from Bamford and Harrison to see his side over the line. On the back of a display like this from the second-choice goalkeeper, could this signal the end of Pickford’s Everton career?
Defender: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)
What a performance from Manchester United. On a night where the whole team played brilliantly, some well-deserved praise should go to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The fullback’s attacking contribution isn’t always highly regarded but he scored with an instinctive finish to get the wheels turning for United, and did a good job throughout the game of marauding up and down the right flank. His partnership with Luke Shaw on the opposite side seems to grow ever stronger.
Midfielder: Jesse Lingard (West Ham United)
Jesse Lingard had barely been announced as a West Ham United player before he arrived at Villa Park and put in a magnificent performance – talk about an instant impact. After a difficult few months that were marked by personal issues and almost no minutes on the pitch, Lingard scored twice here on his West Ham bow to help his side win 3-1 and get to within touching distance of the top 4. A dream debut for the midfielder and one that might spark a revival to his career.
Forward: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
After enduring some tough matches and being on the receiving end of increasingly fierce criticism, Anthony Martial was another standout performer in Manchester United’s steamrolling of Southampton. The forward scored goals number five and eight in the rout, and won the penalty for number seven, even if it was somewhat contentious. It felt like Martial needed a big performance like this, and maybe now the Frenchman will be able to draw a line under some poor recent form.
Manager: Graham Potter (Brighton and Hove Albion)
To the surprise of many, Brighton and Hove Albion have been among the big winners in the Premier League of 2021 so far, and their success since the turn of the year hit new heights on Wednesday night as they became the second side in a row to win at Anfield. Once again, Graham Potter deserves a lot of credit, as his side went toe to toe with Liverpool and emerged as thoroughly deserving winners. His side have now gone four games without conceding, and it seems that the Brighton boss can breathe a little easier now.