GMF Team of the Week: 14 May

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The Premier League reached a quite breathtaking conclusion on Sunday afternoon, with Manchester City snatching the title from the grasps of great rivals Manchester United with two injury-time goals against QPR.

City’s 3-2 win over the Hoops rendered United’s 1-0 win at Sunderland irrelevant, whilst Mark Hughes’ side survived courtesy of Stoke getting a draw against Bolton Wanderers at the Britannia Stadium.

At the top of the table, Arsenal claimed third with a 3-2 win over West Brom, forcing Spurs to settle for fourth after a 2-0 win against Fulham. Newcastle stay fifth despite defeat to Everton (3-1), whilst Chelsea ended the season on a high with a 2-1 win over Blackburn. The Champions League final is next for them.

Elsewhere, Swansea were the highest finishers from the newly-promoted sides courtesy of a 1-0 win over Liverpool, whilst Norwich put more misery on Aston Villa with a 2-0 win. Wigan also cemented their survival with a 3-2 win over Wolves.

And so, for the last time this season, GMF puts together the team of the week in the top flight. See if you agree with our selections and have your say after…

Shay Given – Aston Villa

The Aston Villa stopper has been part of a disastrous campaign at Villa Park this season, and was unable to prevent his side from going down to another defeat against Norwich.

However, the Irish international denied Jonny Howson, Simon Lappin and Elliott Bennett in the first period, and saved brilliants from Simeon Jackson in the second period.

Blameless for both goals, Given denied Jackson with a first attempt from six yards, before the striker tucked home the rebound as Villa’s defenders stood and watched.

William Gallas – Tottenham Hotspur

Another solid display from the French veteran against Fulham, and Gallas continues to impress at White Hart Lane despite his advancing years.

Crucial in keeping Moussa Dembele and Pavel Progrebniak quiet, the 34-year-old played all 90 minutes alongside a changing defence throughout the match, providing a crucial spine for Harry Redknapp’s side.

Ashley Williams – Swansea City

The Swansea defender was more than happy to get physical when it mattered against Andy Carroll, and stuck to his task throughout as Liverpool lost again at the weekend.

Williams was part of a defence that blanked the Reds at every attack on Sunday, with the Swans cementing their solid first season at this level with a win over Kenny Dalglish’s side.

John Heitinga – Everton

The versatile Dutch defender has been in fine form at the end of the season, and capped off a strong finish with his side’s third goal in the comfortable 3-1 win over Newcastle.

Heitinga also played a pivotal role in keeping Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse quiet during his 70 minutes on the pitch, and the Toon’s solitary goal came moments after his substitution.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea City

The Icelandic midfielder has been a revelation since arriving at the Liberty Stadium, and was once again in fine form over the weekend as the Reds went down in Wales.

Whilst Sigurdsson didn’t get onto the scoresheet this time around, he came close on a number of occasions whilst testing Alexander Doni from distance, and was the architect of everything good Brendan Rodgers’ side produced.

Steven Pienaar – Everton

The South African international has been inspired following his January loan move back to the Toffees, and he once again showed his range of abilities in the 3-1 win at Goodison Park.

Whilst his 16th minute goal had some good fortune with a deflection, his all-round play was certainly nothing short of brilliant, with Tim Krul saving a close range shot moments later.

If it’s Pienaar’s last ever appearance for David Moyes’ side, then it was certainly one to remember as he returns to Tottenham Hotspur.

Jon Walters – Stoke City

The Irish international has endured a far less productive season than he would have hoped for, but notched twice in the 2-2 draw against Bolton that ultimately sent them down to the Championship.

There was a hint of controversy about the first goal, bundling keeper Adam Bogdan into the net, but he made no mistakes from 12-yards after Peter Crouch went down in the box.

Scruffy and simple, it doesn’t matter how you score as long as they go in, and Walters certainly proved that.

Raul Meireles – Chelsea

With suspension from the Champions League final around the corner, Meireles certainly ended his own season in style, producing a fine display at the heart of a changed Chelsea side.

His close-range finish was simple enough, but the Portuguese midfielder’s performance was all about keeping the Blues ticking over and playing solid football ahead of the game against Bayern Munich.

Wayne Rooney – Manchester United

The result may have not gone how the Red Devils would have hoped, but it wasn’t through lack of trying – particularly from Rooney.

After opening the scoring with a far post header, the England international hit the woodwork and also found Simon Mignolet in top form as his personal league tally for the seasons stuck at 27.

Grant Holt – Norwich City

Could the Norwich striker be in Roy Hodgson’s England plans? The striker nodded home in typical fashion on eight minutes, winning a far post header to put the Canaries on the right track.

It’s not just goals that make Holt such a force though, and whilst he’s scored 17 this season, it’s his physical presence and ability to cause defenders problems that makes the big difference.

Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

If you score the goal that wins the title on 94 minutes, you have to be included in the team of the week!

Aguero wasn’t at his best against QPR, but constantly asked questions of their defenders as the match drifted towards full-time and failure was in sight.

Composed at the very last, Aguero took his goal with absolute brilliance, beating a defender before firing a low, unstoppable shot past Paddy Kenny.

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