A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 32.
Hero – Paul Pogba
When they found themselves 2-0 down to City in the Manchester Derby, United needed a hero. In the end, that hero turned out to be Pogba, the man who, according to Pep Guardiola, was offered to City back in January. Freed from his defensive responsibilities, the Frenchman showed his attacking quality with 2 clever finishes to make it 2-2. When it comes to that late burst into the box, Pogba is one of the best in the business. City’s title celebrations will have to wait a week or two.
Hero – Danny Welbeck
Is Welbeck making a late move for England’s World Cup squad? After 2 goals against AC Milan in the Europa League, the Arsenal striker scored 2 more against Southampton. Yes, he should have completed his hat-trick, but Welbeck’s brace showed off his speed, skill and, at times, composure. There was even a nice flick for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.
Hero – Jack Cork
Cork’s winner against Watford was scrappy at best, but he’s all about the dirty work. When Burnley signed him from Swansea City for £8million last summer, it raised a few eyebrows. Sean Dyche, however, knew exactly what he was buying – an energetic, tough-tackling midfielder and, on Saturday, his team’s captain. Cork and Burnley could be playing Europa League football next season.
Hero – Rafa Benítez
With a 2-1 win at Leicester City in Premier League Round 32, Newcastle United moved all the way up to 9th. Benítez has performed miracles this season with a limited squad and no money to spend. Martin Dúbravka and Kenedy were two excellent January loan signings but it’s the man-management that deserves the most credit. Benítez is getting the very best out of mercurial talents like Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Pérez. But will he still be at St James’ Park next year?
Villain - Jonas Lössl
Who would be a goalkeeper? In Premier League Round 32, Huddersfield travelled to Brighton for a crunch game in their relegation fight. The last thing The Terriers needed was a howler from their Number One. Lössl was slow to get down to Solly March’s tame shot and somehow let it slip past him and over the line. Shane Duffy soon allowed Huddersfield to equalise, and Lössl did make some good late saves, but it was 3 points that they sorely needed.