Premier League: Top 5 performances of the weekend

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There were a number of outstanding performances over the course of this past weekend as the Premier League returned after the international break. 

With a number of players making debuts for their new clubs following transfer deadline day, fans are now starting to see just how their teams are shaping up for the season. 

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Winners of the weekend 

Manchester United fans will certainly be optimistic for the future, as Louis van Gaal finally won his first competitive game in charge of the Red Devils with a convincing win over new-boys QPR. The likes of Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria all made their home debuts for the club, but do any of them make our top five players of the weekend?

Southampton and Chelsea also struck on four occasions on home soil, whilst Leicester City and Aston Villa picked up surprise away victories at Stoke City and Liverpool. 

But, which players really stood out over the course of the weekend? Well, we're going to take a look at five of the best.

Top 5 stars 

Nathan Baker 

Before Aston Villa's clash with Liverpool on Saturday evening, pundits and fans alike were wondering just how Paul Lambert's side would cope without club captain Ron Vlaar against the likes of Mario Balotelli and Co. 

Step up Nathan Baker. Villa's young centre-half starred alongside former Arsenal man Philippe Senderos, as the duo comfortably kept the Reds at bay at Anfield. Baker took everything in his stride and didn't seem fazed by the fixture, as the Villans secured all three points on Merseyside. 

Lambert will certainly be pleased with his side's fine start to the season, whilst Brendan Rodgers will want to see the back of Villa who are proving to be the club's bogey side. 

Jesus Navas

Manchester City winger Jesus Navas enjoyed one of his finest performances yet for the Citizens this past weekend as Manuel Pellegrini's side secured a point at the Emirates. 

The tricky Spaniard certainly had the better of Nacho Monreal, who was caught out of position on a number of occasions in north London. But Navas made the most of Monreal's below-par performance as he was a constant threat on the break for the Premier League champions. 

He assisted Sergio Aguero for the opening goal of the game, and will have a key role in City's title push this term. 

Jack Wilshere

As Navas impressed for City, Jack Wilshere was the standout player for Arsenal in the exciting 2-2 draw. Wilshere once again proved his doubters wrong as he outclassed the City players in the middle of the park, especially in the second half. 

The Gunners ace certainly proved that he's good enough to play the box-to-box role as he got up and down the pitch throughout against the champions. His goal was very much deserved after a neat bit of interchange between him and Ramsey, and Arsenal fans will be hoping he continues his fine form over the coming weeks. 

Angel di Maria

ManchesterUnited fans were treated to a fine display this weekend, as the debutants all made their mark on the side. And one man who really impressed was Angel di Maria who was playing in front of the Old Trafford crowd for the first time in the famous red shirt. 

Outstanding throughout, Di Maria proved a constant threat as he used his pace to trouble the back-line of QPR. And his goal from a free-kick was certainly no fluke. Struck with pin-point accuracy, the ball curled past Rob Green as United fans quickly fell in love with their new No.7.

Diego Costa

Chelsea were in a bit of trouble this weekend as they found themselves 1-0 down at home to Swansea City. Step up Diego Costa.

The Spanish international - who had already struck four times in three Premier League fixtures before Saturday's clash - took his tally for the season to seven as he hit a fine hat-trick.

Jose Mourinho's strikers may have struggled to find the net on a consistent basis last term, but Diego Costa is certainly proving his class this season for the Stamford Bridge outfit. 

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