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Team of the Week: Van Dijk imperious for Liverpool; Mousset ripped Man Utd; Mahrez stunner

In a Premier League week dominated by the return of 'box-office' Jose Mourinho, whose appointment to Tottenham manager left the footballing world having to pick their jaws off the floor, one would be forgiven for forgetting the other 9 premier league fixtures.

However it was once again a match-day filled with goals and drama, with Liverpool again snatching a late win, City managing an important win over the in-form Chelsea, and a 6-goal thriller between Sheffield United and Manchester United.

The pressure continues to cloud over Marco Silva and Unai Emery, with both their sides producing underwhelming performances, whereas new man Jose Mourinho did register 3 points to start his new reign.

We here at tribalfootball look at the top performers from Matchday 13 in the Tribal Football Team Of The Week.



GOALKEEPER - TOM HEATON (Aston Villa)

After missing the last game against Wolves, Heaton returned with a bang for the Villians with an ironclad performance between the sticks.

In a game filled with fantastic goalkeeping, Heaton made a total of 5 saves, keeping any attacking threat posed by newcastle insignificant. His quick reactions were a large part of his side being able to claim all 3 points.



CENTRE-BACK - VIRGIL VAN DIJK (Liverpool)

At Selhurst Park, the world's best centre-back once again proved to the world why he holds that title.

In Liverpool's gutsy 1-2 victory, the Dutchman was everywhere winning 5 aerial duels and making a whopping 10 clearances, all while operating at a pass accuracy of 92.9% from his 70 passes.



RIGHT-CENTRE-BACK - JAMES TARKOWSKI (Burnley)

The robustly built Englishman Tarkowski certainly made his presence felt in Burnley's emphatic 0-3 win away at Vicarage Road. Winning 7 aerial duels and making 6 clearances as well as 3 blocks, Tarkowski was crucial in his sides clean sheet, but also significantly impacted at the other end of the ground.

He won the header to set up Chris Wood for the first goal and then finished truly at the back post late in the game to get his name on the scoresheet and wrap up the 3 points for his side.



LEFT-CENTRE-BACK - RYAN BERTRAND (Southampton)

In a scrappy affair between two sides low on confidence, fullback Ryan Betrand provided a solid element to the Southampton side that managed a point at the Emirates Stadium.

His sharp decision making saw him take a quick free kick to put the saints in the lead.



CENTRE-DEFENSIVE-MIDFIELD - JOAO MOUTINHO (Wolves)

The talented Portuguese midfielder was pulling the strings in the heart of the Wolves midfield that conquered the Cherries at the Vitality stadium.

Scoring a beautiful free-kick to put Wolves into the lead, Moutinho set the tone with 3 key passes, 8 accurate long balls, and 69 passes at 92.8% accuracy.



CENTRE-MIDFIELD - JOHN FLECK (Sheffield United)

Despite a disappointing end to the game for the Blades, their performance was one full of industry and endeavour of the highest calibre, embodied none more by the performance of midfielder John Fleck.

The Scotsman bundled home the opening goal and provided an incisive through ball to play through Mousset to put Sheffield 2-0 up at Bramall Lane.



CENTRE-MIDFIELD - CONOR HOURIHANE (Aston Villa)

The Irishman put in a standout performance in the Villans huge 2-0 home win against Newcastle.

Hourihane showed his class from set pieces, opening the scoring with a brilliant strike from a set-piece routine and then put the ball on a plate for El-Ghazi to extend the lead.

He would've had another assist too if not for a marvellous Dubravka save after setting up Wesley to tap the ball in from close range.

Hourihane boasted a maginificent 97.7% passing accuracy from his 43 passes.



ATTACKING-MIDFIELD - KENNY MCLEAN (Norwich)

In this huge 0-2 win away at Goodison Park, Scotsman Kenny Mclean was everywhere in the Norwich midfield.

Mclean won an extraordinary 12 aerial duels, along with 10 crosses and 5 key passes, where on multiple occasions he played terrific balls to put teammates in on goal.



LEFT-FORWARD- SON HEUNG-MIN (Tottenham)

Tottenham's exuberant winger was again running riot at the London Stadium to make sure the Mourinho reign started off with 3 points.

The South Korean scored the game's first goal with some trickery on the ball and a thumping finish.

After picking the ball up from Alli, Son burst down the left flank and whipped in a sumptuous ball from Lucas Moura to bundle home the second.



RIGHT-FORWARD - LYS MOUSSET (Sheffield United)

Sheffield United's attacking revelation in the form of Frenchman Lys Mousset, once again made his presence felt in his impressive performance against United.

With his physical attributes clearly on display, Mousset continually tussled with the Red Devils defence.

In the 19th minute, following a long ball up forward, Mousset bullied Phil Jones to the floor and put the ball into the box to set up the first goal.

Then early in the second half, Mousset picked up the ball outside the box and curled the ball past De Gea to score a terrific goal.



CENTRE-FORWARD - JAMIE VARDY (Leicester City)

The premier league's number one goal threat retained his mantle with a damaging performance in the foxes 0-2 win at the Amex stadium.

When the scores were locked at 0-0, Leicester needed their man to fire, and that he did with a blistering break and a perfect pass to allow Ayoze Perez to score the all important first goal.

He then showed terrific composure to tuck away a 2nd penalty after his first had to be retaken.

Vardy takes his scoring run into 5 consecutive games.



MANAGER OF THE WEEK - DANIEL FARKE (Norwich City)

With the pressure mounting enormously upon Daniel Farke's Norwich City, who before the round sat rock-bottom of the Premier League table, looked in trouble without a goal scored away from home since august.

However this was impressively usurped by a strong performance, led by Tim Krul between the sticks and highlighted by the attacking prowess of Cantwell, Pukki and Mclean.

The canaries win over Everton have seen them jump into 18th, with only 3 points separating them from the 17th, renewing Norwich fans with optimism for the upcoming weeks.



GOAL OF THE WEEK - RIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester City)

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