Kevin O'Neill picks out the best performers from the penultimate weekend of Premier League action.
Goalkeeper
 
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
The England no. 1 was in fine form as City beat Swansea 4-2 at the Liberty Stadium. Despite conceding two goals, he pulled off some miraculous saves; one being arguably the best of the season.
 
Defenders
 
Danny Rose (LB) (Tottenham Hotspur) 
Although he has been rather absent in an even more disappointing Spurs side all year, Rose managed to keep a clean sheet and bang in a tasty second half goal. A nice flurry of form at the end of the season.
 
Jonas Olsson (CB) (West Bromwich Albion) 
The solid Swede was a rock at the back versus Chelsea on Monday evening. The Blues’ strike force failed to cause any real trouble for him over the course of the 90 minutes, and the Baggies finished the game three goals to the good.
 
Scott Dann (CB) (Crystal Palace) 
Dann and his fellow Palace defenders appeared hell-bent on spoiling the party on Merseyside this weekend, a day which marked the end of Steven Gerrard’s playing days at Anfield. He seems a sure starter for Alan Pardew’s side next season.
 
Kieran Trippier (RB) (Burnley) 
The young full-back looked impressive against Stoke on Saturday, keeping a clean sheet in the process. He’ll more than likely be playing Premier League football in August, with Bournemouth being reportedly interested in the English prospect.
 
Midfielders
 
Ashley Young (LM) (Manchester United) 
In a boring draw in what turned out to be an over-hyped ‘Super Sunday’ versus Arsenal, Young stood out as the only player capable of changing the game. He was a constant threat down the left flank.
 
Yaya Touré (CM) (Manchester City) 
He might be heading on for fairer waters this summer, but Touré proved all his critics in England wrong with another inspired performance this weekend. He looked relaxed and confident, grabbing two goals too.
 
Sadio Mané (CM) (Southampton) 
Aston Villa didn’t know what to expect when they invited Southampton down to Villa Park on Saturday. It was to be a memorable day for Sadio Mané, scoring the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history as his side ran out 6-1 winners.
 
Yannick Bolasie (RM) (Crystal Palace) 
Bolasie was key to Palace’s big win at Anfield this weekend. He effectively controlled the game from the wing, with his speed and strength shining through.
 
Strikers
 
Shane Long (ST) (Southampton) 
The Tipperary man also joined in on the celebrations against Villa. Long looked impressive for the entirety of the game, and even got on the score sheet. Hopefully he’ll keep up the form for the national side in the coming qualifiers.
 
Saido Berahino (ST) (West Bromwich Albion) 
The West Brom striker ran the Chelsea defence ragged on Monday night. He posed a powerful threat against a disorganised Blues defence, finishing the 90 minutes with a cool brace.
 
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