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Shearer: Moutinho ran the show at Old Trafford

4 Jan 2022
Alan Shearer's Matchweek 21 Team of the Week, featuring Joao Moutinho

See Matchweek 21's best XI including two Wolves players, Mateo Kovacic and Mohamed Salah

Joao Moutinho scored the winner at Manchester United but, for Alan Shearer, it was the 35-year-old's dominant midfield display in Wolverhampton Wanderers's 1-0 victory that provided the platform for their success.

Moutinho's precision finish with eight minutes remaining crowned an exemplary performance that has earned him a place in the Matchweek 21 Team of the Week of Shearer, the Premier League's record goalscorer and a Hall of Fame inductee.

Caoimhin Kelleher (LIV)
"Produced three outstanding saves and couldn’t do a thing about the two goals Liverpool conceded in their 2-2 draw at Chelsea."

Mads Roerslev (BRE)
"Made a real impact when he got forward into the final third, with a goal and an assist in Brentford's 2-1 win over Aston Villa."

Conor Coady (WOL)
"Marshalled Wolves' defence brilliantly again. Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Edinson Cavani got a sniff."

Dan Burn (BHA)
"Scored with a header at one end and made several last-ditch tackles at the other in Brighton & Hove Albion's 3-2 victory at Everton."

Joao Moutinho (WOL)
"He had full control in the midfield and deserved to score the winner. He was the best Portuguese player on the pitch by a long way!"

Declan Rice (WHU)
"Clocking up his 150th Premier League appearance in West Ham United's 3-2 win at Crystal Palace, he seems to be getting better every month. He got another assist this time."

Mateo Kovacic (CHE)
"Brilliant in every department and scored a Goal of the Season contender. The best player in a high-quality match."

Bukayo Saka (ARS)
"An excellent finish in a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester City was the highlight of a very good all-round performance by the Arsenal winger."

Alexis Mac Allister (BHA)
"Scored two excellent and different goals, with a run off the ball into the box and a sublime strike from outside the area."

Mohamed Salah (LIV)
"As soon as he was in behind, a goal seemed inevitable. The run, the skill and the finish were all perfect."

Manuel Lanzini (WHU)
"The man of the match, scoring twice against Palace. He produced brilliant skill and a fine finish in off the crossbar for the first."

Manager: Bruno Lage (WOL)
"Masterminded a superb win at Old Trafford. Wolves were the better team by a mile and deserved their first Premier League victory there."

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