TEAMtalk's Top Men: City's super six

Six Manchester City stars, two Liverpool aces and Fernando Torres are among TEAMtalk's Top Men, our elite Premier League XI from the weekend.

Last Updated: 01/05/12 at 17:18 Post Comment

Kompany: Named captain of TEAMtalk's Top Men

Kompany: Named captain of TEAMtalk's Top Men

Every Tuesday, we'll pick our Premier League team of the weekend, explain our selections and then invite you - our loyal army of readers - to pick your team of top men who caught your eye with dazzling displays or powerful performances from Saturday April 28 - Monday April 30.

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 (4-3-3): Howard; Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Lescott, Clichy; Gerrard, Nasri, Yaya Toure; Torres, Moses, Suarez.

Danny Mills' Top Men (4-4-2): Al Habsi, Zabaleta, Kompany, Terry, Walker; Moses, Van der Vaart, Yaya Toure, Nasri; Torres, Davies.

Selected by Simon Wilkes and Pete Hall

Goalkeeper

Tim Howard (Everton): Finishing above Liverpool for the first time since their Champions League qualification in 2005 will certainly ease the pain of the semi-final defeat a few weeks ago, and American stopper Howard is doing his level best to ensure the top-seven finish.

The former Manchester United custodian has been in exceptional form, leading to the Toffees once again finishing the season strongly, and his performance against a Fulham side, led by the returning Pavel Pogrebnyak, was as dependable as ever, with a suberb reaction save to a deflected Clint Dempsey strike the pick of the bunch.

Pete Hall

Defenders

Pablo Zabaleta (Man City): The Argentinian hardman produced a wonderfully energetic showing as he justified his selection ahead of Micah Richards. He was rock-solid defensively and overlapped tirelessly when United sat deep, adding width to City's right flank. Got an 8/10 on our player ratings and deserves his place among our Top Men.

Simon Wilkes

Vincent Kompany (Man City): A captain's knock from a truly fantastic leader of men - his desire to beat Chris Smalling to the match-winning header encapsulated everything good about City this season.

The Belgian has acted with dignity and grace in both victory and defeat, and his goal celebrations showed just how much wearing the shirt means to him.

City's stunning array of attacking talent has hogged most of the headlines - but Kompany is the heartbeat of Roberto Mancini's City slickers, and takes the captain's armband for our team of the weekend.

SW

Joleon Lescott (Man City): Often overlooked by previous England bosses, Joleon Lescott's recent displays surely put him in good stead to be part of England's Euro 2012 plans, even staking a strong claim for a starting berth.

Facing the in-form Wayne Rooney, closing in on his best-ever scoring return, the former Everton and Wolves centre-back had the United hitman drawing a blank. Despite Kompany claiming the Man-of-the-Match award, it was Lescott's calmness at the back and strength in the air that suprisingly ensured Joe Hart had one of his quietest 90 minutes of the season.

PH

Gael Clichy (Man City): Torn between Gael Clichy and Gareth Bale's rampaging display at left-back for Spurs on Sunday, the Frenchman just gets the nod for remaining cool under the pressure of the Manchester Derby, and making his compatriot Patrice Evra look like the understudy for a change.

Despite little attacking threat from the likes of Nani or Wayne Rooney, the pacey former Arsenal full-back was rarely out of position, sticking to his defensive duties, and focusing on the task at hand. Even the late introduction of Antonio Valencia couldn't put the Frenchman off his stride.

He seems to have nailed down the left-back position at the business end of the season after facing fierce competition from Aleksandor Kolorov, and if he continues to prove his astuteness at the back, as well as going forward, he will be a big factor in the title race.

PH

Midfielders

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool): Returned to the Reds' starting line-up after being rested for the shock home defeat to West Brom - and showed his class at Carrow Road, creating the opening goal for Luis Suarez.

It was a joy to watch the understanding between Liverpool's star duo, and Suarez clearly relishes having Gerrard's footballing brain in the team.

SW

Samir Nasri (Man City): After a slow start, Nasri slowly but surely has made his way onto the Manchester City teamsheet almost unnoticed, and after scoring the crucial second goal at Molineux last week, he followed it up with another classy display against the reigning champions at the Etihad in Monday night's unmissable derby.

United's team selection was almost complimentary to Nasri and co, but the attempt to stifle the intricate play in the Blues' midfield was unsuccessful. Nasri's quickness in the touch and passing range were a catalyst to much of what was good about City's play.

With the crucial clash at Newcastle coming up, the Frenchman will be unhappy if he doesn't retain his place in the star-studded line-up, and will want to fulfill his ambition of winning league titles, the reason he moved to Manchester in the first place. Another one to impress in our player ratings.

PH

Yaya Toure (Man City): Found it hard to get going in the first half due to an over-crowded midfield - but once he did get going after the break, he was an unstoppable force.

United simply could not handle his pace and power once the introduction of Nigel de Jong allowed the Ivorian ace to move further up the pitch - and he went close to capping a supreme display with a goal on several occasions.

SW

Strikers

Victor Moses (Wigan): Wigan's incredible resurgence is well documented, and the results speak for themselves. A key factor in this has been the form of Moses, and his two excellently-taken early goals against a lacklustre Newcastle United side, coupled with a dynamic overall performance, have put the Latics within touching distance of safety.

The 21-year-old former Crystal Palace hitman has attracted the attention of a host of big clubs, and if he continues to put in displays like he did in the incredible first half the the DW stadium, more teams will get blown away in similar fashion.

He added the clinical touch to two excellent team moves, the finish that Wigan have been lacking earlier in the season. Coming into form at the right time, if the England Under-21 striker continues this hot-streak, then Roberto Martinez and the Wigan hierarchy will struggle to keep hold of him this summer.

PH

Luis Suarez (Liverpool): There is no doubting the Uruguayan is one of the most talented forwards plying his trade in the top tier right now - but his goals return has been largely disappointing this season.

That all changed at Carrow Road on Saturday night, when Suarez clicked ruthlessly with returning Reds captain Gerrard to stop the Canaries fans from chirping away.

He bagged two first-half goals in clinical fashion - but saved the best until last on 82 minutes, when he latched onto Glen Johnson's punt up the pitch, spun off a Norwich defender then lobbed home keeper John Ruddy with a delicious right-footed chip with the outside of his boot.

The goal evoked memories of David Beckham's halfway lob against Wimbledon - but I believe Suarez's effort was technically better due to the speed of thought and speed of flight on the ball. Take a bow Mr Suarez - now let's see if he can repeat his hat-tricks at Wembley this weekend.

SW

Fernando Torres (Chelsea): It appears a huge weight has been lifted from Torres' shoulders following his Nou Camp late show - and poor QPR felt the force of Fernando's return to form as they were hit for six at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard finally displayed the ruthless finishing which yielded so many goals during his time at Anfield, and his movement around the pitch once again resembled a Rolls Royce rather than the clapped-out Robin Reliant Andre Villas-Boas had reduced him to.

After the midweek clash with Newcastle, Torres will have his former employers in his sights at Wembley, and if he contributes to a trophy-laden finale to Chelsea's campaign, he could well be a tip for top scorer next season.

SW

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