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GMF Team of the Week: 17-18 March

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Downing scored the winner for Liverpool against Stoke  (©GettyImages)
Downing scored the winner for Liverpool against Stoke (©GettyImages).

With only four Premier League fixtures, GMF's team of the week borrows liberally from some of the best performers in the F.A Cup this weekend to bring you the best XI from across both competitions.

Chelsea and Liverpool impressed in the F.A Cup while in the Premier League Manchester United and Swansea stood head and shoulders above the rest, but who were the individuals who made their team tick?

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Tim Krul

 

After a spat with Robin van Persie last weekend Krul got back to business and demonstrated just why he has a rapidly growing reputation as one of the best shot-stoppers in the league.

 

Pulled off a brilliant save to keep out a Zak Whitbread header, and helped his side halt a slide of four games without a win.

 

Gary Cahill

 

Cahill demonstrated his class on and off the pitch with a goal and a timely message for Fabrice Muamba, but it is his growing presence in the Chelsea backline that makes him a worthy inclusion.

 

The former Bolton man is a real threat from attacking set pieces and showed just that with his goal.

 

Jonny Evans

 

Another defender who got on the scoresheet, the much maligned Evans deserves some credit for sticking to his task gamely in recent weeks and has become something of a mainstay of the United defence.

 

Despite Wolves showing very little threat during their 5-0 goal defeat at Molineux, Evans was solid and scored his first senior goal for the Red Devils.

 

Rafael Da Silva

 

After coming in for some criticism for his performances against Athletic Bilbao, Rafael looked decidedly more comfortable against Wolves and got forward well, providing the ball for Javier Hernandez to head home his first of the match.

 

Jonas Gutierrez

 

Gutierrez is enjoying an excellent season and had another good game against Norwich, defending well when called upon and getting forward as effectively as ever. Provided the ball for Cisse to score the winner.

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson

 

Brendan Rodgers has formed a team full of skillful individuals but the piece of business that took Sigurdsson to the Liberty Stadium has got to be amongst his best work to date.

 

His two goals were very well taken indeed, in particular the second, but it his contribution from out wide that makes the Icelandic international stand out; he must be amongst the finest crossers of a ball in the Premier League. Outstanding.

 

Stewart Downing

 

After a troubled start to his Liverpool career, Stewart Downing is slowly starting to come good, and his winner against Stoke will do his confidence no end of good.

 

Backed up his recent performances, most notably in the Carling Cup final with another strong showing to help Liverpool into the semi-finals of the F.A Cup, with his deliverers from wide areas certainly improving.

 

Antonio Valencia

 

Described over the weekend as the best ‘old fashioned’ winger in the Premier League, it is an unnecessary caveat; the former Wigan man is, on current form, the finest winger bar none.

 

His consistency is outstanding and as ever he was able to provide a couple of assists to keep Manchester United ticking over. Ferguson said it himself, Valencia will be crucial in the title run in.

 

Fernando Torres

 

The relief was palpable not only for Fernando Torres but for just about everyone watching Chelsea’s win over Leicester; the Spaniard’s double must be amongst the most welcome in recent memory.

 

While it is easy to get carried away, there were certainly glimpses of the ‘El Nino’ of old as he tore Leicester to shreds with his pace, while he also had a hand in pretty much everything Chelsea did well.

 

Javier Hernandez

 

Hernandez is nothing more or nothing less than a goal scorer, and when he is on this kind of form it is hard to think of a better poacher in and around the area.

 

The Mexican international will be relieved to have got his two goals with Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney both currently in excellent form.

 

Pappis Demba Cisse

 

Has impressed since arriving on Tyneside with his movement and his goals, the former Freiburg forward proved a match winner as Newcastle scraped past Norwich.

 

With Demba Ba having a mini-slump, Cisse needed to step up, and did just that with an expert first-half finish. He’ll look for plenty more like that with Alan Pardew’s men still harbouring Champions League ambitions.

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