Mason Greenwood saved the day for Manchester United while Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mohamed Salah were on target with penalties for the Merseyside clubs… but who tops the charts in our Premier League POWER RANKINGS?
- Sportsmail will bring you the top 10 hottest Premier League players each week
- Tottenham top the league table after Son Heung-min’s winner against Watford
- Chelsea and Liverpool were involved in an entertaining stalemate at Anfield
- Both Manchester clubs recorded wins against pointless Arsenal and Wolves
Tottenham remain the only club in the Premier League to still have their 100 per cent record this season intact after another thrilling weekend of top-flight action.
Every week, Sportsmail will be bringing you a Power Rankings table, listing the top 10 players in the Premier League after each weekend’s action is completed.
As the season continues to unwind, the rankings will provide a form guide with players moving in and out of the top 10 depending on both their performances in the previous fixtures and also in recent weeks.
Tottenham sit top of the league and continued their 100 per cent record after beating Watford
Spurs sit top of the pile following Son Heung-min’s free-kick, while Chelsea and Liverpool played out an action-packed 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Manchester City crushed a hapless Arsenal side while city rivals United had to rely on a late Mason Greenwood winner to record a second victory of the season at Wolves.
Everton continued their fine start to the campaign with a win at Brighton while West Ham were held to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace. With all of that taken into account, how have Sportsmail’s latest batch of Power Rankings taken shape?
1. Michail Antonio
2. Paul Pogba
3. Said Benrahma
4. Bruno Fernandes
5. Mohamed Salah
6. Dominic Calvert-Lewin
7. Danny Ings
8. Romelu Lukaku
9. Marcos Alonso
10. Mason Greenwood
10. Romelu Lukaku (down two)
The Chelsea forward’s clash against Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was billed as one of the most mouth-watering at the weekend.
But after a fascinating battle in the first half against the Dutchman at Anfield, which saw him create space for Mason Mount and Kai Havertz, Reece James’ sending off altered the dynamic.
The Belgian struggled, particularly at the beginning of the second half, as a lone striker on the break, and managed a sole shot in the game which was blocked by Joel Matip.
Lukaku came into the match bouncing having dominated Pablo Mari and Arsenal’s defence in their London derby victory at the Emirates Stadium.
And while circumstances ensured he was always going to find it tough to add to his first Blues goal, there was a lack of crispness with his passing on Merseyside too.
There was one instance he could have slipped Havertz in but instead played a pass to Mount, and another where he overhit a pass straight into Alisson’s gloves.
Sofascore also state he conceded possession 17 times at Anfield and had just 34 touches of the ball.
Lukaku will no doubt come again and prove to be a valuable asset for Thomas Tuchel’s men in their title push, but his performance sees him drop to the bottom of the list this week.
Romelu Lukaku lacked crisp passing but his failure to score was down to circumstances
9. Bruno Fernandes (down five)
Barring a disallowed goal, Bruno Fernandes really struggled to make an impact for Manchester United at Wolves.
The Portugal midfielder lacked any semblance of control in the middle of the park and that frustration showed with his remonstrations towards the officials, which eventually led to him being booked by Mike Dean.
He could easily have made up for his underwhelming display after netting Paul Pogba’s pass but he was clearly in an offside position.
The 26-year-old proved to be crucial off the pitch last week, being one of many former and current United staff to contact Cristiano Ronaldo and encouraging him to make a sensational return to Old Trafford.
But after a brilliant start to the season which saw him net a hat-trick against Leeds on the opening weekend, he has been unable to reach anywhere near that level in the fortnight since.
Bruno Fernandes cut a frustrated figure at Wolves and had a goal for Man United disallowed
8. Son Heung-min (new entry)
Back in our Power Rankings following a one-week absence, Son was Tottenham’s hero as they beat a stubborn Watford on home soil.
In truth, despite looking lively and having a few low efforts on goal, the South Korean struggled to get going before he whipped home a teasing curling free-kick that drifted into the bottom corner.
In the second half, he was arguably Spurs’ best player as he went on a series of runs at the Hornets defence, including one which set up a good chance for Dele Alli.
But the most important moment on his 200th Premier League appearance was becoming the first Spurs player to score directly from a free-kick in the Premier League since Christian Eriksen in December 2019.
Only team-mate Harry Kane has scored more non-penalty goals in the Premier League since the start of last season than Son’s 18, and the latter looks set to have another stellar season in front of goal.
Only Harry Kane has more non-penalty goals since the start of last season than Son Heung-min
7. Ferran Torres (new entry)
For all the talk of Manchester City’s failed moves for Kane and Ronaldo this summer, Spaniard Torres demonstrated they may not need one after all.
Playing in the No 9 role, Torres exploited woeful Arsenal defending to tap home from point-blank range from a cross the visitors simply failed to deal with.
He then headed home the final goal in their 5-0 rout of Mikel Arteta’s men as well as registering the assist for Rodri’s sublime effort.
Torres has now scored 15 goals in 40 matches for City and Pep Guardiola compared his movement to that of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.
The Catalan also praised his work ethic and while City may not boast the mega-money signing of a Lukaku this summer, their investment last year may well prove to be the answer.
Ferran Torres scored twice and assisted another as Man City ran rampant against Arsenal
6. Mason Greenwood (up four)
Greenwood insisted his United side should have gone for Southampton’s throats last weekend in their draw at Southampton.
This time around, it was the 19-year-old himself who dealt a fatal blow to Wolves’ hopes of earning their first point of the season with his third goal in as many Premier League games.
It was a clean right-footed strike from the England international on this occasion, and although Jose Sa would have hoped to have done better the goal ensured United are now unbeaten in their last 28 Premier League away games.
That is the longest run of its kind in English Football League history, and Rio Ferdinand must have felt vindicated after seeing Greenwood look sharp as a centre-forward after questioning why he was playing out wide at St Mary’s.
An 88 per cent pass accuracy and three attempted dribbles were also part of an impressive afternoon for Greenwood, who has been left out of the England squad for the upcoming international break.
Mason Greenwood netted his third Premier League goal in as many games against Wolves
5. Mohamed Salah (non-mover)
The Egyptian is now just one away from joining an illustrious group of names to have scored 100 Premier League goals after his penalty against Chelsea.
The visitors surrounded the referee in a fiery end to the first half at Anfield after Anthony Taylor had decided to send off Reece James for handball and award a penalty to the Reds.
But Salah kept his cool and slotted the ball down the middle as Edouard Mendy dived to his left to cancel out Kai Havertz’s sublime opener.
Salah also enjoyed plenty of success down the right-hand side against Marcos Alonso, who he constantly caused problems for.
A constant menace for the Blues and outlet for his side, Salah could well hit the 100 club at Leeds following the international break.
Mohamed Salah netted his 99th Premier League goal and his 97th for Liverpool against Chelsea
4. Paul Pogba (down two)
There was no Pogba assist at Molineux on this occasion, but it was still a decent performance in a different role from the France World Cup winner.
However, his positioning in a deeper role against Wolves was the clearest indication of how Cristiano Ronaldo will integrate into this team.
Pogba had recorded five assists in his first two games from a starting position on the left flank, but his creative side was blunted in his role in front of the defence, where his key contribution to proceedings was a crunching 50-50 challenge on Ruben Neves in the build-up to Greenwood’s late goal.
There was some debate as to whether he deserved to be sent off for the challenge but it once more proved to be a crucial intervention at the right time for United.
He still looked to try and move the ball forward before that, but his lack of defensive nous may haunt United if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer persists with him in a deeper role.
Paul Pogba played in a deeper midfield role for Manchester United in the win at Wolves
3. Said Benrahma (non-mover)
The former Brentford man continued his excellent start to the season with a good display in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.
He played a brilliant ball into Michail Antonio which lead to the opening goal, but was otherwise perhaps a bit quieter than one may have expected.
Still, once he was moved more central, he began to get involved in the Hammers’ attacking play.
Benrahma already has an opening day goal against Newcastle and another strike against Leicester to his name this season as well as an assist for Pablo Fornals’ goal against the Foxes.
The Hammers are still hopeful of securing another loan deal for Jesse Lingard from Man United, but if not the Algerian looks primed for an excellent season as a regular at the London Stadium.
Said Benrahma played a brilliant ball into Michail Antonio which lead to the opening goal
2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (up four)
Calvert-Lewin scored a penalty for the second week running to help continue Everton’s excellent start to the new season at Brighton.
He therefore became the first Everton player to score in each of their opening three league fixtures for two straight seasons since Dixie Dean in 1933 and 1934.
And only Salah, Kane and Fernandes have scored more goals than the England striker in the Premier League since the start of last season.
A menace in the air and becoming an more clinical finisher by the week, the Toffees will expect him to continue growing under Rafael Benitez this season.
He will miss out on playing any part in the latest international break through injury, but there are few centre forwards in Europe right now who are playing as well as Calvert-Lewin.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a penalty for the second week running for Everton
1. Michail Antonio (non-mover)
The West Ham striker retains his place at the top of our rankings after a brilliant week in the Premier League.
Full of confidence from his double against Leicester which saw him overtake Paulo Di Canio in the Hammers’ Premier League goalscoring charts, Antonio bullied Crystal Palace’s defenders in the opening exchanges.
He then created a brilliant assists for Fornals’ to open the scoring, tricking everyone inside the London Stadium with a delightful chop inside when he looked destined to go for goal.
But he did manage to get on the scoresheet to round off an excellent performance, after powering home a devastating finish after he had seen off the challenge from Joachim Andersen.
Antonio is now the eighth different Premier League player to both score and assist a goal in three consecutive English top-flight appearances, and there will be few defenders who will relish facing him for the rest of the season.
Michail Antonio rounded off a glorious week with a goal and assist against Crystal Palace
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