UNILAD Football’s Weekly Awards

Allardyce ScuffleIndependent

It’s that time of week again, when we at UNILAD Football hand out the awards that everyone wants.

Jamie Vardy submitted his entry for dive of the season, Marcus Rashford ensured more people pushed for him to be included in the Euro 2016 squad, and Rafa Benitez enjoyed a birthday win at Newcastle United.

Did anyone have a worse weekend than Jon Moss? Who takes the gong for player of the week? There were plenty of winners and losers in the world of football, and we aim to recognise those that deserve it.

Let’s take a look:


Player Of The Week: Sergio Aguero

Who else but Aguero?

The little Argentine’s hat-trick against Chelsea was excellent, and moved him onto 21 goals for the season. Aguero in top form is just what Manchester City need right now, with the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid looming large.

His performance also proved that Chelsea have a long way to go to recapture their top form, and the former Atletico Madrid striker capitalised on that by helping himself to a hat-trick.

Sam Allardyce GettyMark Runnacles/Getty

Manager Of The Week: Sam Allardyce

Big Sam kept the relegation battle alive by overseeing his Sunderland side’s 3-0 win at Carrow Road, pulling Norwich City closer to the Black Cats and North-East rivals Newcastle United.

Goals from Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore were enough for Sunderland, who moved within a point of Norwich City in the relegation dogfight.

Allardyce also got into one of the most hilarious touchline scuffles of the season, pushing Cameron Jerome out of the way and throwing his considerable weight around as it all kicked off.

That was enough for Big Sam to pip Rafa Benitez to this gong, despite it being Rafa’s birthday and everything. Sorry Rafa.

Saido BerahinoGuardian

Worst Penalty Taker Of The Week: Saido Berahino

Everyone misses penalties at some point in their career, but not many miss two in the same game.

Saido Berahino’s double miss was unfortunate but hilarious, especially as he carries the sort of demeanour of a man who believes his own hype.

He’ll likely bounce back with a couple of goals towards the end of the season, but it was nice to see him brought down a peg or two by Heurelho Gomes’ two excellent saves.

Linked with a £25m move to Newcastle in January, on this evidence it’s good business for the Magpies.

Man U fan asleepTalkingbaws

Dullest Performance Of The Week: Manchester United

In fairness, we could award United with this accolade every week.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have all put plenty of goals past Aston Villa this season, but United couldn’t follow suit and only won thanks to Marcus Rashford’s tap in – which Brad Guzan should have saved.

Villa even went close to an equaliser, when Rudy Gestede (the definition of a Championship level striker) hit the post.

Despite the win, it was more of another nail in the coffin of Louis van Gaal than a step towards the top four.

Jon Moss Sky SportsSky Sports

Worst Referee Of The Week: Jon Moss

No one else came close, and there might not be another performance this bad all season.

The decision to send off Jamie Vardy for diving can probably be defended, but the choice to penalise Wes Morgan for pulling down Winston Reid made no sense, especially when he refused to award Robert Huth a penalty for a worse incident.

His emotions seemed to get the better of him, and that was proved when he pointed to the spot for Andy Carroll’s shoulder charge on Jeffrey Schlupp in injury time.

It all made for a cracking game, but Moss will be lucky to referee a Premier League game again this season.