BBC Premier League team of week: Man Utd trio, Arsenal snub as fans fume with pundit

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It was a packed weekend of Premier League football, and BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks is back with his team of the week which has a Man Utd flavour to it.

With no Monday night football, Crooks has had the pick of all 20 teams this time round as unsurprisingly it has a strong contingent of United players following their thrilling 3-2 win over rivals Man City.

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Starting from the back though, Joe Hart gets the nod between the posts as he produced a crucial performance in West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

There’s a back-four in front of the England international, with Seamus Coleman, Cesar Azpilicueta, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young getting the nod, and here’s where the problems begin.

Both centre-halves scored so seemingly get a big boost from that, but particularly in the case of Young, he had a very difficult 45 minutes in the first half in dealing with City’s threat, and was fortunate not to give away a penalty too after the interval.

Smalling had similar issues, losing Vincent Kompany for the opening goal, and so there are certainly strong arguments against those two being the Man Utd players who get the nod for this line-up.

In midfield, there can be no arguments over Paul Pogba’s inclusion after his quick-fire double sparked the comeback. Having been given more freedom to get forward, the Frenchman produced devastating results and certainly earns this recognition.

He’s joined by Luka Milivojevic and Jonjo Shelvey who both bagged goals, the former grabbing his seventh in 12 Premier League games.

Up top, it’s another goalscorer in Christian Eriksen who in fairness continues to dazzle for Tottenham, and he’s joined by Marko Arnautovic and Wilfried Zaha in an attacking trident.

This is where Crooks has attracted plenty more criticism though, as he has snubbed Alexis Sanchez after his two sublime assists, while Danny Welbeck’s double against Southampton on Sunday has seemingly been disregarded too.

Both arguably deserve the nod here, but they’ve been left out. As seen in the comments below, the pundit’s XI this week hasn’t gone down particularly well…

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