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Weekend in Review-- Week 33

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Who the fuck are Man United?

Best game:

Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3-- An instant premier league classic, and the ultimate game of two halves. There have been some great games this season (Liverpool 4 City 3, Arsenal 1 United 3) but this might top the lot. Even the most ludicrously optimistic of United fans would not have seen this result coming at halftime. United were all over the place in the first half, and were lucky to go in only 2-0 down. City, it seemed, assumed that the game, and the title were done and dusted by the half, and switched their focus, energy, and attention to the 2nd leg of their Champions League tie vs. Liverpool. United took full advantage of that lapse of concentration and stormed back to win 3-2. Pogba was immense, De Gea pulled off another have-to-see-it-to-believe-it worldie of a save, and Young (though lucky to be on the pitch) was terrific again, and fully deserves to be in with a shout of starting for England at left back in Russia.

In the grand scheme of things, this game doesn't mean too much. City will go on to deservedly lift the title, and United should come 2nd. But rocking up to the Etihad and spoiling their noisy neighbors' coronation will live long in the memory of United supporters everywhere.

Best goal:

Wilfred Zaha-- If Tottenham are the "Harry Kane team", then Crystal Palace are the "Wilf Zaha" team. His form since he returned from injury at the start of the season, is one of the main reasons why Crystal Palace will most likely stay up. His goal against Bournemouth this weekend was sublime. Receiving the ball just on the edge of the box he jinxed, swiveled and blasted a shot into the top corner. Palace will do well to keep hold of him this summer.

Player of the weekend:

Paul Pogba-- After Guardiola's Friday press conference revelation, all the talk pre-match was of Paul Pogba, his blue hair, his questionable desire and his fractious relationship with Mourinho. But with his performance in the 2nd half against Manchester City, Pogba ensured that all the talk after the game was about him as well-- this time for footballing reasons. After an anonymous first half, Pogba, now with a license to get forward, marauded into the Manchester City box to score two quick goals, and drag his team back into the match. This is the Pogba who United paid 89m for. This is the Pogba who can be perhaps the most complete central midfielder in the world on his day. He has been heavily criticized, and rightfully so, at times this season, but here he showed what he is capable of. His United career so far has been inconsistent, but if he can find the form he showed in this match on a regular basis, 89m will start to look like a bargain.

Team of the weekend:


Azpilicueta Smalling Lejeune

Shelvey Milivojevic Pogba Eriksen

Arnautovic Zaha Sanchez