You could have called it the crowning glory of a fine debut campaign at Manchester United, except there is still more to come. Zlatan Ibrahimovic so fittingly scored the late winner against Southampton to claim a trophy in the League Cup as well as his 26th goal in 38 games for United this season, and all by February. It is a hugely impressive haul, continuing the strike rate he had in a less demanding league with Paris Saint-Germain.
Mamadou Sakho has always been vocal about how he bleeds rouge et bleu, and having now swapped Paris Saint-Germain, his boyhood club and first love, for Crystal Palace via Liverpool, those familiar colours gripped his hulking frame once again on Saturday. Barring a goal, Sakho could not have hoped for a better impact on his first start for Palace. The French international produced the key defensive play of the game, getting an tackle inch-perfect to prod the ball away when Christhian Stuani had seemed certain to hammer home from a couple of yards.
Massimiliano Allegri's language skills were back in the spotlight after the Juventus boss was linked with a move to Barcelona. Having recently discussed the progress of his English lessons amid speculation connecting him to the Arsenal job, Allegri was probed on his Spanish skills after rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona. Allegri claimed he found it hard enough to learn Italian when he was at school and joked he had quietly learned Torinese, the local Turin dialect, since joining Juve in 2014.