Yesterday’s win over West Bromwich Albion was sealed by a very special piece of Gareth Bale magic. Throughout the game, our Welsh winger seemed the only one likely to break the deadlock and having tested Ben Foster in the first half, Bale’s unstoppable drive snatched the points.
That strike alone would have been enough to claim the Man of the Match award in some eyes but are there any other candidates?
Hugo Lloris was one name widely mentioned after the match. The Frenchman made some important saves, particularly in the first half and he exhibited two particular qualities some would say are rarely seen in a continental goalkeeper.
Firstly, he stopped shots at point blank range without parrying them De Gea style into the path of an attacker and secondly, he looks reasonably comfortable on crosses.
Elsewhere, Aaron Lennon looked busy again in midfield but could he or Scott Parker take the award? Would any of the back four have a claim?
What’s your view – is Bale the only real choice here?