Sergio Agüero scored a hat-trick in three games as Manchester City defeated Chelsea 6-0 to rise above Liverpool and lead the Premier League.

Tottenham held their own in the title chase with a 3-1 victory over Leicester. Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-0, while their Merseyside rivals lost to Everton for the third year in a row, losing 1-0 at Watford.

Arsenal won 2-1 at Huddersfield in the Champions League qualifier and Manchester United took 25 of 27 points under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, beating Fulham 3-0.

Cardiff's recent 2-1 win in Southampton looks set to go down, and Burnley's 3-1 win at Brighton did not hurt them as they paused for the last three.

Crystal Palace is now surprised that he did not score three points after a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

It was an exciting weekend – but which players earned a place on my team?

Goalkeeper – Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Heaton's parade of Solly March in Brighton was not bad, but Pascal Gross's was first-rate. However, it was the second scoreline hit since March that I thought was world class, destroying any chance that Brighton would come back in that match.

Heaton is back between the sticks and looks great. If he keeps playing like that, Joe Hart should be looking for another club.

Did you know? Tom Heaton has saved 80% of the shots he has had this season in the Premier League – a higher percentage than his teammate Joe Hart (65%).

Defenders – Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Sol Bamba (Cardiff), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Andy Robertson: I love watching this kid play. Apart from everything else, he has nerves of steel. The ball Georginio Wijnaldum played for the goal was just great, and the volley that Sadio Mane should have scored was sensational.

For a striker, there is nothing more frustrating than a full-back, who offers nothing else and I played with enough knowledge. Robertson is the dream of a striker and the best I've ever seen since Ashley Cole.

Did you know? Since his debut in Liverpool in August 2017, Robertson has supported more Premier League goals (11) than any other defender.

Sol Bamba: They danced on the streets of Abidjan when Sol Bamba scored Cardiff's first goal in Southampton's 2-1 win.

The goals of Ivory Coast National give Cardiff hope and its shape is a good sign for his national team. Since Kolo Toure, as a young Ivorian defender with Arsenal, has taken the Premier League by storm, a player in attack has been so powerful and strong in defense. A leader, if I have ever seen one.

Did you know? Sol Bamba has made 26 blocks in the Premier League this season. most players for Cardiff City.

Chris Smalling: I do not think I saw anyone playing Aleksandar Mitrovic so effectively throughout the season. Chris Smalling never kicked him.

I watched the Serbian mobber and manipulated defenders, but Smalling had none of it. Not bad for a player who has trouble keeping a regular place in the Manchester United team.

Did you know? Chris Smalling has won more tackles this season than any other Manchester United defender in the Premier League (59).

Midfielders – Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Paul Pogba (Man Utd), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Georginio Wijnaldum: Illness and diarrhea can sweep through a club like wildfire. So imagine if one of your star players comes to training and suffers from the symptoms. Panic follows!

Not so with Liverpool and Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch international insisted on playing and made an outstanding performance against a Bournemouth side.

Did you know? Since the start of last season, Liverpool has won 66% of the Premier League games in which Wijnaldum has played, compared with 50% if that is not the case.

Paul Pogba: The victory in Fulham was a walk in the park for Manchester United and Paul Pogba.

The French midfielder scored two goals and spent most of the game wandering around Craven Cottage as if he were the Lord of Manor.

After 74 minutes he came off the pitch, presumably to save himself from the Champions League duel of United against Paris St-Germain legs. The hard truth for Fulham is that United looked like they were in a different league. If Fulham goes on like this, they will be very soon.

Did you know? Some 36% of Paul Pogba's Premier League goals for Manchester United were scored in his nine games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (8/22).

Christian Eriksen: This was one of the worst performances I've seen of Spurs – but they could end and not Leicester.

If Harvey Barnes had some rest in front of goal, he would be dangerous. Conversely, Christian Eriksen looked sophisticated and shone in the raw state like a diamond.

The fact that Claude Puel leaves Jamie Vardy at Leicester Bank, although it's clear he's the club's best striker, is ridiculous.

The problems between manager and player must be solved. This nonsense kills the team.

Did you know? Christian Eriksen scored 20 Premier League goals from out of the box – more than any other player since his debut in September 2013.

Raheem Sterling: Originally, I selected Bernardo Silva on my team to do another outstanding job against a shocked Chelsea. But when Sterling scored his second goal and made Sergio Aguero for the first time, I had to choose the England international.

Sterling scores goals he would have missed two seasons ago, indicating his huge development under Pep Guardiola. As for Chelsea – for a top-6 club defeated 6-0 in a Premier League game, it's pretty outrageous. What's up at Stamford Bridge?

Did you know? Raheem Sterling (21) is one of only four players directly involved in more than 20 Premier League goals this season, with a goal or assist, alongside Mohamed Salah (24), Sergio Aguero (23) and Eden Hazard (22).

Forwards – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Man City), Anthony Martial (Man Utd)

Roberto Firmino: I could have chosen one of the "red arrows" against Bournemouth. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all great and could have formed my team.

I chose Firmino because the team does not work that way without him. He brings Liverpool in the same way as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. I also chose him to prove that you do not have to score goals to form my team.

Did you know? Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other Liverpool player (70-45 goals, 25 assists in total).

Sergio Aguero: I would have liked to be able to choose Burnley's Chris Wood for his performance against Brighton, as he deserved recognition. However, if you have Sergio Agüero in this form, ask me to do the impossible.

Did you know? In Chelsea's drubbing, Aguero scored his eleventh Premier hat-trick equaling Alan Shearer's record.

Anthony Martial: His destination in Fulham was just great. He passed Fulham's Denis Odoi and Maxime le Marchand as if they were not there.

The French international quietly stroked the ball past Sergio Rico and sent United fourth. United's total re-emergence must kill Jose Mourinho.

Did you know? Martial was now directly involved in 50 Premier League goals (33 goals, 17 assists), more than any other Manchester United player since his debut in September 2015.

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The crooks of the thing

Billy Bonds was captain and led West Ham

I was absolutely delighted to hear that West Ham has decided to honor their former captain Billy Bonds by naming the East Stand after their record holder. Bonds was one of the top defenders I stumbled upon as an 18-year-old striker trying to find his way in the game.

Playing at Upton Park was an impressive experience at the time, especially for a black player. But despite all the spiky statements coming from the terraces, Bonds would never put up with lazy abuse, unlike some players of this generation. I was very impressed and never lost the respect for the man.

The same goes for Trevor Brooking, whom I believe is behind this wonderful award. He was always too polite for words and a gentleman on and off the field. So what about those two guys from the East End who made them so alien? Who can say that? Maybe it was just her sense of decency.

Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have made some terrible mistakes since arriving at the club. Bond embodied the heart and soul of the club. It sounds like they finally did something right.