Ups and downs for Premier League players this week

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With most of the action in the FA Cup's third round, a look at some of the performers and duds ...

UP

Paul Scholes, Man United

For a player who usually shuns the limelight, Scholes took centre stage on Sunday after announcing the unlikeliest of comebacks. He returned in typical efficient fashion and recorded a 97 per cent pass completion rate.

Ramires, Chelsea

The Brazilian is now the first midfielder on the team sheet of Andre Villas-Boas and is one of the few senior players seemingly embracing the evolution under the Portuguese. He scored twice in the FA Cup on Sunday and now has eight for the season.

Clint Dempsey, Fulham

Saturday's win over Charlton was Fulham's 36th game already this season but the American is showing no signs of fatigue. He took his goals tally for the season to 12 with a hat-trick but had Brian Ruiz to thanks for three assists.

DOWN

Adam Johnson, Man City

Handed a rare chance to shine from the start in a major game but failed to take it. He was hooked at half time for tactical reasons but could have had few complaints as he was peripheral in a chastening first half for the hosts.

Stewart Downing, Liverpool

It has not been a good period for Liverpool. Luis Suarez was found guilty of making a racist remark, the club apologised to Oldham's Tom Adeyemi for alleged racist abuse and then Downing was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Roberto Martinez, Wigan Athletic

A bleak winter beckons for the Spaniard's side after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by lower league Swindon. At least Wigan can now concentrate on survival but they face Man City on Monday.