We had a gift of some amazing matches, goals, and individual performances during this holiday period. Instead of doing the usual "Three Stars of Saturday" we will be doing the three best performances from the entire Matchday 18! If you want to join the debate, tell us your three stars by tweeting us at DST_Tweets.
Third Star: Zlatan Ibrahimović - Manchester United F.C.
Zlatan Ibrahimović was once again influential as Manchester United beat Sunderland at home 3-1. Zlatan was involved in all three goals as he had a goal and two assists. He ended the match with five chances created, 79% passing completion and even two-heading clearances to help United's backline. Even though Manchester United have issues at some positions, Zlatan is doing everything to help compensate that from scoring, assisting and working off the ball to make sure he doesn't ruin his last chance at a major European Club. For these reasons, it made him Man of the Match with a 9.4 Match Rating.
Zlatan's Goal Zlatan's second Assist
Second Star: Dele Alli - Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Dele Alli ended his monumental year with a world class performance in a game Spurs needed to win to keep close with their title-chasing rivals. Dele Alli was amazing in the midfield as he had 62 touches, a 76.7 pass accuracy, won Tottenham's penalty and of course, his two goals. He ended the match with a 9.29 Match Rating and the Man of the Match.
Dele Alli's First Goal Heat Map
First Star: Eden Hazard - Chelsea F.C.
On paper, having one penalty kick goal usually wouldn't get you on this list but the performance of Eden Hazard during in a match where they were missing such influential players like N'Golo Kanté and Diego Costa was outstanding. Eden Hazard was instrumental in every Chelsea attack as he had five shots, 85% passing percentage, 15 take on and four chances created. While some players may be on the score sheet more than the Belgian his movement off the ball, this season has been nothing short of world class (as we saw when he won his side's penalty). He ended the game with Man of the Match and a perfect 10/10 match rating.
Eden Hazard's Key Passes
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