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Two-goal heroes Michu and Demba Ba take their place in this week's Top Men, our team of the week from the Premier League.

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After every round of Premier League fixtures, we pick our team of the weekend, explain our selections and then invite you - our loyal army of readers - to pick your team of top men. We're looking for the players who caught your eye with dazzling displays or powerful performances on Matchday 15 (December 1-3). You can choose any formation and there's no limit on how many players you can pick from each team - so have a think, then get involved.

TEAMtalk's Top Men (3-5-2): Guzan; Rangel, Agger, Vertonghen; Diame, Fellaini, Robson-Kanu, Michu, Pilkington; Rooney, Ba.

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa

The goalkeeper had plenty to do as Villa secured a 1-1 draw at QPR, pulling off a string of fine saves. The American caught the eye with a stunning block to deny Jamie Mackie early in the second half, while he also made important stops on the lively Shaun Wright-Phillips and managed to tip Clint Hill's powerful header over the crossbar.

Angel Rangel - Swansea

One of the weekend's big upsets came at Emirates Stadium as Swansea claimed a surprise win over Arsenal and Rangel was a key player in the shock success. The right-back proved a nuisance to the Gunners' defence as he bombed forward to provide attacking support, while he was also a rock at the back as the Swans kept a clean sheet.

Daniel Agger - Liverpool

The Reds got back on track with a 1-0 home win over Southampton and Agger was their main man, helping to nullify the threat from their visitors with a solid performance at the back as well as unleashing a wonderful header which sent Liverpool into the break with the advantage and eventually turned out to be the winner.

Jan Vertonghen - Tottenham

The Belgian continues to impress for Spurs wherever he is needed across Andre Villas-Boas' backline and the 3-0 win at Fulham was no exception, with Vertonghen once again putting in a solid shift at the back while also showing his prowess getting forward, providing a useful link with Tottenham's attack.

Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading

The Royals produced a battling display in their seven-goal thriller at home to Manchester United, eventually succumbing 4-3, and Robson-Kanu provided plenty of threat on the right wing. The Wales international gave left-back Patrice Evra a headache for much of the opening half after opening the scoring early on with a tidy volley.

Mohamed Diame - West Ham

With the Hammers trailing by a goal to nil against Chelsea at half-time, Diame came off the bench to inspire a stunning comeback win. The Senegalese injected urgency into his side's play, running riot in midfield and capping his influential second-half performance with the late goal that put West Ham in front.

Marouane Fellaini - Everton

Fellaini may have conceded the penalty that allowed Carlos Tevez to equalise from the spot for Manchester City against Everton, but other than that the big Belgian hardly put a foot wrong all afternoon. The captain scored the opening goal and was typically influential as he ran the show for the Toffees in midfield to put the gloss on their hard-working team display.

Michu - Swansea

Another star performer in Swansea's upset of Arsenal was the Spanish forward, who has been a revelation in South Wales since his bargain arrival in the summer. Michu was on target with two late goals to fire the Swans to the surprise win and leave the Emirates faithful stunned, applying his usual composed finish to both.

Anthony Pilkington - Norwich

The Canaries produced a dominant first-half display as they beat Sunderland 2-1 and Pilkington put in a commendable shift as part of an impressive Norwich midfield. The highlight of his performance was his 37th-minute strike, which turned out to be the winner, with the midfielder applying a sublime finish after shrugging off Carlos Cuellar to open up the goal.

Wayne Rooney - Manchester United

United kept themselves top of the league after edging their dramatic clash at Reading, with Rooney standing out as the Red Devils' top performer after putting in an assured showing. The England striker grabbed two goals against the Royals - one from the penalty spot - while also setting up Robin van Persie's winner.

Demba Ba - Newcastle

Monday night's action saw the Magpies claim a much-needed 3-0 home win over Wigan and Ba inspired the triumph with a first-half brace. The striker rolled home from the penalty spot before adding another to set the Toon on the road to victory, with Gael Bigirimana's attractive strike wrapping up the win.

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