Garth Crooks' team of the week: Cancelo, Zouma, Silva, Smith Rowe, Raphinha

After the Blues' draw at Burnley, Chelsea lost its lead at the top in the Premier League to three points with wins for West Ham and Manchester City.
The defending champions City defeated Manchester United 2-0, while West Ham moved up three places with a 3-2 victory over Liverpool.

In other matches, bottom side Norwich City won against Brentford while Arsenal moved up to fifth with a win over Watford. Tottenham also beat Watford while Arsenal drew 0-0 against Everton in Antonio Conte’s first league match.

Additionally, there were wins for Crystal Palace and Southampton, as well as draws between Leeds, Leicester, Brighton, and Newcastle.

You can check out my team of week, and make your own selections at the end of the article.

Goalkeeper: Tim Krul (Norwich City)

Krul, a very experienced goalkeeper, has been having a difficult season. His form has been inconsistent and Norwich have struggled. But playing Brentford wouldn't have been an intimidating game for the Canaries, and it was.

Krul did everything possible to win. Christian Norgaard's saves changed the game. The first save was with his feet, which was amazing. The second was instinctive but equally good. Krul refused to be tested by Sergio Canos at his near-post.

Brentford has now lost four consecutive games and can't afford losses against Norwich. The Premier League games won't be easy.

Did you know? This was their first win in the top-flight since February 2020, ending a string of 20 Premier League matches that had ended without a victory.

Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Kurt Zouma (West Ham)

Joao Cancelo. Eric Bailly was fortunate to escape with the first Kyle Walker cross, but couldn’t handle the second from Cancelo. United centre-back Bailly is a marvel to me. He can be brilliant one minute, and then he can be disastrous the next. He recklessly cuts at the penalty area, even if he isn't giving away penalties.

Cancelo is careful when he fires balls into the box. Luke Shaw should have sent Cancelo's second-most dangerous ball into the box, but instead, it paralysed Shaw leaving David de Gea at the back.

It was amazing how many times De Gea saved United during this match. It would be reasonable to think that his defenders would only try to help him once.

Did you know? Manchester United has won eight more Premier League away games against Manchester City than any other team (8).

Ruben Dias - This boy is beginning to get back to the boil.

Harry Maguire's dangerous set-pieces in opposition's penalty area are well known. There was a time in the first exchanges when it appeared that the United captain would have scored with an assist from Dias, but he faced a formidable challenge.

Maguire's score could have made the game a completely different one. Dias is a skilled player, but his brains are as strong as his body.

Did you know? Manchester United was allowed only four touches in the City box Saturday, their lowest number of Premier League matches since Opta started recording data in 2008-09 season.

Kurt Zouma: It's a fantastic goal header. Zouma rose at his back post to score what will be remembered as West Ham's greatest victory over Liverpool.

It's hard to miss the irony that a former Everton player scored against Liverpool, and making a serious dent in their title challenge.

This result raises questions about how teams manage their resources. West Ham faced Genk in Europa League just 24 hours after Liverpool in Champions League. Yet, it looked younger. Jurgen Klopp should take a hard look at his team. They have injuries, but that doesn't mean they are all injured.

Did you know? Headers have been responsible for nine of Zouma’s 10 Premier League goals. This 90% ratio is the best ever for a player who has scored 10 or more goals during the competition's history.

Midfielders: Rodri (Manchester City), Rodri, Mathias Normann and Mathias Silva (Norwich City), Emile Rowe (Arsenal).

Bernardo Silva: "It all was very comfortable," stated a beaming Pep Guardianiola after the match. We'll be brutally truthful and say that his Manchester City team destroyed United.

Although the score didn't tell all, Bernardo was at the core of the derby victory. This season, the Portugal international was outstanding and he chose United's pocket. He was unfortunate to not add two goals to the one that put United out of reach.

United is the fourth-best team in the country, in my opinion, and their fans need to get used to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being their manager. Below, I explain why Antonio Conte chose Spurs over United in the Crooks.

Did you know? All three goals Bernardo scored against Manchester City for United were scored at Old Trafford. He scored in all four of his previous appearances there. Only Burnley was his opponent.

Rodri: I have been singing for years the praises Fernandinho's contribution to Manchester City over the years. Guardiola kept the Brazilian midfielder in his team at 36 because of his value.

The club does not have to worry as they now have a replacement player. Rodri is City’s new silent assassin. If you don't keep an eye out for Rodri, you wouldn't know he exists - unless your opponent is.

In such a case, you can't help but feel his presence and constant interventions. City and Rodri performed an exceptional job. This is the best insurance policy they have for their central defenders.

Did you know? The away team has won 9 of the 12 previous meetings between Manchester United, Manchester City in all competitions including the three games in 2021.

Mathias Normann: Norwich failed to lead in their 14 Premier League games. They have also not scored more than once in the past 28 Premier League games. So why wait to fire Daniel Farke, their manager?

It's amazing that he has lasted this long. But why is he firing me now? He's fired just as it seems there might be a chance of him avoiding relegation.

Jimmy Greaves, the late great Jimmy Greaves, said that it was "a funny old game", but this was a serious performance by Norwich. Normann, the midfielder, was exceptional in all areas and won this victory. It's not bad for a player who is on loan.

Did you know? Normann scored his seventh Premier League goal. This was Normann's first league goal since August 2020, when he scored for Rostov against Krasnodar.

Emile Smith Rowe - This youngster is quickly making a name. He's not only fitting in well with Arsenal's side, who have won three of their last league games and not lost 10 matches in all competitions. But he's also scoring goals.

His most recent match against Watford, who were reckless and lacking discipline, was brilliantly won.

Claudio Ranieri must be serious about Watford's progress if he wants players that he can trust to not make silly tackles when they are already on a yellow or run into problems in their own penalty areas.

Did you know? Smith Rowe was the only player to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances for Arsenal at 21 years old or younger - following Nicolas Anelka and Jose Antonio Reyes, as well as Cesc Fabregas.

Forwards: Raphinha (Leeds United), Pablo Fornals (West Ham), Harvey Barnes (Leicester City)

Raphinha: After a brilliant performance at Norwich, this player was extremely unlucky not getting into my team last Wednesday. But that's football.

It was difficult to ignore the Brazilian against Leicester. It is painfully obvious that this player sets Elland Road on fire, but how long?

Raphinha is a world-class player, and many of them play in Champions League. It's only a matter time.

Did you know? Raphinha scored 45% of Leeds' goals this season in the Premier League. This is the highest percentage achieved by a player whose team has scored more than 10 goals in the competition in 2021-22.

Pablo Fornals: The game was amazing. Liverpool were outmuscled, outclassed. Although I do not know what David Moyes was saying to his players, West Ham is flying.

Fornals was the striker that seemed to cause Liverpool's defense so much concern. They've scored against him before, and it was evident from his performance at the London Stadium against the Reds that this was something he enjoyed.

Let's face it, Liverpool's midweek fixture with Atletico Madrid was not easy. But, if you want to be the best, winning against West Ham is essential.

Did you know? Fornals scored three goals against Liverpool in five league matches, which is his joint-highest against an opponent in Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues.

Harvey Barnes: This goal was the best you'll see from the Leicester winger. It was his first goal of the season, but it will not be his last.

After suffering a serious injury, Barnes is slowly returning to his best. He was outstanding against the very dangerous Leeds team. It was his best performance since his return.

Although the point away at Elland Road was a positive one for Leicester, the Foxes may feel a bit disappointed not to have taken home all three. To determine Ademola's offside knee, the video assistant referee had only to use red and green lines. It hasn't been always about fine margins but now it is.

Did you know? It took only 73 seconds for Leicester to equalize through Barnes' goal. This was the Leicester winger's goal in the Premier League, his first since February. It ended a nine-game streak of games without scoring.

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The Crooks of the Matter

Daniel Levy might be many things, but he isn't stupid.

It was quite telling what happened during Tottenham's humiliating home loss against Manchester United. Although the chant of "Levy out" didn't last long, it was loud enough to have attracted the attention of his chairman and board of directors.

Nothing is more frightening for owners of a football team than when the fans are more interested in changing the ownership of the club than the owner. After Spurs lost 3-0 last Saturday, this is exactly what happened.

Fans had already disapproved of Nuno Espirito Santato. It was obvious that Levy was next and he was aware. Smart response was to quickly move - for a big name that would please the fans and not someone who was third or fifth.

Levy made a mistake by not landing Conte, but he was wrong. Levy suggested that Tottenham were not ambitious enough for Conte at the time. This was not a criticism of Levy's vision, but an insult to the club's fans.

Levy appears to have reevaluated his position, not only by securing Conte’s signature but also convincing the Italian that Tottenham’s vision aligns with their new manager.

Why did Conte pick Tottenham? He might have had to wait a bit longer for Solskjaer to leave the Glazers.

Manchester United fans don't like their manager. United has better players and a much better squad. They are capable of winning the Champions League with the right manager. Tottenham is not even in Champions League.

Spurs has a lot of work ahead, but I would not bet against Conte succeeding. Conte will Levy be able to give him enough of either?