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Man United’s record-equalling goalscorer and Chelsea’s ‘surprise wing-back’ — FA Cup team of the round


With the Premier League on hiatus to make way for the third round of the FA Cup, Richard Jolly gives us his standout performers. Swipe left or right on your browser to see who made the best XI.


Goalkeeper: Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)

Set a new Crystal Palace record for a goalkeeper with his 389th appearance and marked it with several saves to earn a replay against Bolton Wanderers.


Right-back: David Meyler (Hull City)

New manager Marco Silva asked midfielder Meyler to slot in at the back and he helped Hull keep a clean sheet as they saw off Swansea City.


Centre-back: Miguel Britos (Watford)

Helped add solidity at the back as Watford ended a five-game run without a win while Burton were unable to register a shot on target.


Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

Showed his considerable ability again with a superbly-taken opener for Claude Puel’s side in the draw with Championship side Norwich City.


Left-back: Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur)

The left wing-back turned up in the centre-forward’s position to score with a well-taken header and break the deadlock against Aston Villa.


Right midfield: Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough)

Turned a dull draw into a comfortable win over Sheffield Wednesday with a fine free kick, his second goal in three games.


Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

The Welshman started the fightback at Preston North End with a belated first goal of the season and played a part in Olivier Giroud’s late winner.


Centre midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)

Provided a masterclass in City’s 5-0 thrashing of West Ham United, showing remarkable composure as he delayed his shot before scoring.


Left midfield: Pedro (Chelsea)

A surprise choice at wing-back, the Spaniard nonetheless attacked incisively as ever, scoring two goals in the rout of Peterborough United.


Striker: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

His record-equalling 249th United goal was a fortunate finish off his knee, but Rooney played well in the 4-0 demolition of Reading.


Striker: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City)

The Nigerian came on and changed the game against Everton with a double that brought comparisons with Jamie Vardy.

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Published: January 9, 2017 04:00 AM


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