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David James

Nemanja Vidic 
William Gallas  Young-Pyo Lee 
Michael Carrick Xabi Alonso
Andres D'Alessandro
Wayne Rooney
Zoltan Gera
  Craig Bellamy     Didier Drogba
Sir Alex Ferguson

David James was outstanding for Manchester City in their defeat at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunch-time.

James made a shaky start to the game and conceded twice in a 2-1 defeat, but he was at his athletic best in a performance that surely proved why he should be Paul Robinson's back-up for England at the World Cup.

Young-Pyo Lee has made the Spurs left-back position his own since his move from PSV on transfer deadline day in August 2005.

The South Korean international is one of the slightest players in the Premiership, but City struggled to come to terms with his pace and incredible work-rate in a typically-dynamic performance.

Nemanja Vidic now seems to be coming to terms with the Premiership tempo, and was excellent for Manchester United in their 2-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Victory was crucial for United in their pursuit of Chelsea, the leaders having romped to a 4-1 home thrashing of West Ham United earlier in the day.

French centre-back William Gallas hit the crossbar in the build-up to John Terry's goal, and netted the fourth himself as the champions fought back from a goal down and the first-half dismissal of Maniche.

At the other end of the table, Portsmouth showed great spirit to battle to a point against Blackburn as they bid to stave off relegation.

Loan signing Andres D'Alessandro was at the heart of all their best attacking moves at Fratton Park on Sunday, and showed grit and determination to add to his undoubted skills with the ball.

Fellow strugglers West Brom kept alive their own hopes of escaping the drop by holding out for a goalless draw in a local derby against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Zoltan Gera stood out in the Baggies midfield, and almost got on the scoresheet with a stunning 30-yard volley that had to be tipped over the crossbar by Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick pulled the strings from the centre of the Tottenham midfield and snatched the winner with a close-range volley, while Xabi Alonso was at his elegant best as Liverpool edged out Bolton.

Craig Bellamy scored two excellent goals for Blackburn in the draw with Pompey; the first a stunning left-foot shot after a powerful run from the halfway line, and the second a turn-and-volley reminiscent of his manager, Mark Hughes, in his prime.

Sunday newspapers printed allegations of an enormous gambling debt run up by United superstar Wayne Rooney, but the brilliant youngster didn't seem to let the attention distract him as he led the Reds to victory, scoring one and setting up the second for Ji-Sung Park.

Didier Drogba completes the line-up after a powerful, determined, goal-scoring display in Chelsea's romp at Stamford Bridge, earning special praise from his 'Special' manager.

Our manager of the week is Sir Alex Ferguson, for leading his United side to their ninth successive league victory, breathing life in to the title race in the process.

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