UNILAD Football’s Weekly Awards
It’s that time of the week again, when here at UNILAD Football, we bring some much needed recognition to the weekend’s heroes and zeroes.
Everyone loves an award, and the more ridiculous the better in some cases.
Whether it’s teenage sensation of the week, shit centre back of the month or team who couldn’t be arsed of the season, we aim to recognise the best and worst of the last weekend’s action.
Without further ado, here are this week’s winners:
Player Of The Week: Sadio Mane
There was plenty of competition from the likes of Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford this week, but Mane takes the award.
The Senegal midfielder came off the bench with his Southampton side 2-0 down at home to Liverpool, and promptly turned the game on its head.
He even had the character (Brendan Rodgers would have loved that), to dismiss missing a penalty against one of the league’s most hilarious goalkeepers to win the game for Saints.
Graziano Pelle also scored a stunner to level the scores, before Mane’s winner caused Ronald Koeman to run down the touchline and get involved in the mass celebration with his players.
Manager Of The Week: Alex Neil
It’s tight at the bottom of the league, with Norwich City, Sunderland and Newcastle United all clambering over each other to try and keep their heads above water.
With the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday, Norwich had the chance to seize the initiative and get themselves clear of the bottom three on Saturday, and didn’t fluff their lines.
Robbie Brady’s second half goal stopped West Brom’s run of four games unbeaten, and moved the Canaries two points clear of Sunderland after Sunday’s games.
Alex Neil isn’t going without a fight.
Goal Celebration Of The Week: Aleksandar Mitrovic
When Mitrovic headed in Georginio Wijnaldum’s cross in the final stages of the Tyne-Wear derby, St James Park erupted.
So much so, that one fan couldn’t control himself and came sprinting onto the pitch to celebrate with the Serbian striker.
Mitrovic spotted him, and attempted to jump into the fan’s arms, only for the punter to slip on the turf and end up in a heap on the floor.
It was an epic fail, but all the more brilliant for it.
Teenager Of The Week: Marcus Rashford
Hard luck, Alex Iwobi.
Marcus Rashford is just refusing to go away.
Three games without a goal had people thinking Rashford was another Federico Macheda, but after skinning Martin Demichelis and becoming the youngest ever Manchester derby scorer, he proved otherwise.
The 18-year-old wrote his name into Manc folklore by bagging the winner, and was probably the best player in what was a poor match.
The press will probably relaunch the ‘Rashford for England’ bandwagon now, and with Raheem Sterling a doubt for the Three Lions’ Easter friendlies, the dream might continue for the United youngster.
Late Comeback Of The Week: Cesc Fabregas
Despite being shite for most of the season, Fabregas decided to show up and pull his Chelsea team out of the shit on Saturday.
The Spaniard scored late in either half to rescue a point for the Blues, and keep their chances of a top half finish on course.
Fabregas’ first goal was a sensational free kick that the opposing Dimitri Payet would have been proud of, before his 89th minute penalty caused controversy.
£60k-a-week teenager Ruben Loftus-Cheek was clearly fouled outside the box, but Fabregas gratefully dispatched the penalty and stole a draw for Chelsea and kept Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten run going.