Andrew Ryan picks out the best eleven performers from a weekend of Premier League action that saw the first clash of the season between two of the league's big guns.
Goalkeeper 
 
Tim Howard (GK) (Everton) 
The American shot stopper did not have a whole lot to do at St. Mary’s but, when challenged, was more than up to the task as the Toffees left Southampton with a very good 3-0 win. 
 
 
Defenders 
 
Matteo Darmian (RB) (Manchester United) 
For the second week in a row, Manchester United kept a clean sheet and, for the second week in a row, it was Matteo Darmian that stood out above the rest with yet another assured performance. 
 
Vincent Kompany (CB) (Manchester City) 
City’s Belgian captain pulled out yet another impressive performance on the odd occasion that he was challenged at the Etihad Stadium by a lacklustre Chelsea side. 
 
Phil Jagielka (CB) (Everton) 
Despite many plaudits going towards those at the far end of the pitch, Phil Jagielka pulled off a very impressive performance as he bettered everything that Southampton threw at him, thus setting the tone for Everton’s excellent win. 
 
Nacho Monreal (LB) (Arsenal) 
On a difficult day for Arsenal, Nacho Monreal provided a respectable performance at left-back, coping well with the threat posed By Wilfred Zaha, all the while offering an outlet in attack for the Gunners up the left flank. 
 
 
Midfield 
 
Fernandinho (DM) (Manchester City) 
On a fantastic day for the blue side of Manchester, Fernandinho provided an excellent performance as the enforcer in front of the back four. He capped off his contribution by getting his own name on the scoresheet to clinch a fantastic 3-0 win. 
 
Jonjo Shelvey (DM) (Swansea City) 
Jonjo Shelvey’s stock continued to rise on Saturday as he did a great job as the main playmaker in a very good Garry Monk team, providing the assist for Bafatembi Gomis’ goal and being the driving force behind everything the Swans created. 
 
David Silva (RM) (Manchester City) 
The spectacular Spaniard added yet another majestic display to his resumé against Chelsea by providing two assists and proving to be an absolute menace to the Chelsea back four and midfield. 
 
Ross Barkley (CAM) (Everton) 
Ross Barkley reminded us all what the fuss about him has been over, when he pulled off a powerful and energetic performance against a sorry Southampton side. His assist for Lukaku’s second and a well-taken goal of his own at the end demonstrated just how talented the 21-year-old is. 
 
Jefferson Montero (LM) (Swansea City) 
Montero continued his fantastic start to this season as he proved a constant menace for Daryl Janmaat, ultimately resulting in the Dutch right-back being sent off for his troubles. In providing the assist for André Ayew to give the Welsh side some breathing space with their second on 52 minutes, he added a little bit extra sheen to a performance demonstrative of a player with style and substance. 
 
 
Striker 
 
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 
Was there going to be anybody else? Everton’s Belgian front man proved just how good he is with a fantastic performance at St. Mary’s. Not only did he score two very good goals but his power, energy and pace left José Fonte and Maya Yoshida without a chance on Saturday afternoon.
 
 
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