After a busy Boxing Day of Premier League action, several individuals made the headlines after producing stand-out performances for their respective teams.
While the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal faltered, it allowed their rivals at the top of the table to close the gap with Manchester City undoubtedly enjoying a successful weekend.
Kevin De Bruyne produced a Man of the Match performance for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, but see who joins the Belgian international in our Boxing Day XI.
GK Jack Butland
The Stoke goalkeeper produced some key saves against Manchester United as his side secured a 2-0 win over the Red Devils. Although they deserved the victory, Butland made some crucial interventions including a stop to deny Marouane Fellaini.
DF Glen Johnson
Took advantage of Memphis Depay’s mistake to register an assist but was also defensively sound to ensure that United didn’t have any joy down their left flank.
DF Cuco Martina
The 26-year-old scored a wonder goal in the 4-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday night, and it capped off an all-round impressive display.
DF Jose Fonte
Led from the back for Southampton as they kept a clean sheet against a dangerous Arsenal side which in turn gave them the platform to go out and win the game.
DF Ben Davies
The Tottenham star produced a solid performance in the 3-0 win over Norwich City at White Hart Lane as he continues to impress in Mauricio Pochettino’s lineup.
MF Ki Sung-Yeung
Scored his first goal in 17 Premier League games, but it was a hugely important effort as it secured all three points for struggling Swansea against West Bromwich Albion.
MF Tom Cleverley
Left it late, but similarly to Ki, it proved to be decisive as he scored his first goal for the club with a last-gasp header which sealed a win over Newcastle United.
MF Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian international ran the show for Manchester City in their 4-1 win over Sunderland, and he has now been directly involved in 17 goals in 13 appearances with eight goals and nine assists.
ST Harry Kane
Scored with both of his two shots on target against Norwich, and has now bagged 10 goals in his last nine appearances for Tottenham.
ST Odion Ighalo
The Watford ace continued his impressive season as he helped his side secure a point at Stamford Bridge, while also making club history by becoming the first Hornets player to score in five successive top-flight games.
ST Diego Costa
Although he couldn’t help his side to a victory over Watford, it was a welcome sight for Chelsea fans to see the Spaniard back amongst the goals with his brace potentially putting his problems behind him.