In Focus: The Premier League stars who lit up Matchday 33

Jamie Gordon
LiveScore
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Norwich
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Norwich

With the Premier League's top three all in FA Cup action, the fight for fourth and relegation battle took centre stage on Easter weekend.

Manchester United took full advantage as Tottenham and Arsenal slipped up, while managerless Burnley were denied a crucial win at the other end of the table.

We pick out the five players who shone the brightest on Matchday 33.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo turned 37 in February but shows no signs of trading his boots for a pair of slippers just yet.

The Portuguese icon was captured rallying his team-mates in the tunnel ahead of a must-win game against struggling Norwich before letting his feet do the talking on the pitch.

Ronaldo tucked home one of his easier finishes seven minutes in thanks to Anthony Elanga capitalising on a dithering Canaries defence and rose like a rabbit to double United's lead before the break.

Goals either side of half-time from the visitors looked to have ruined his good work but the Red Devils' main man secured the points 14 minutes from time by completing his 60th career hat-trick.

Fraser Forster

Arsenal dominated possession and had 23 shots at the Southampton goal yet somehow lost 1-0 at St Mary's.

Jan Bednarek will take deserved credit for his work at both ends of the field, with a goal capping a brilliant defensive performance.

But Fraser Forster stole the headlines with six saves, including an incredible stop from Bukayo Saka when Gunners star Martin Odegaard was already wheeling away celebrating.

The England international, 34, is out of contract at the end of the season and will have earned plenty of admirers with his performance.

Bruno Guimaraes

Newcastle's January spending saw Eddie Howe target Premier League veterans who could make an immediate impact but he allowed himself one Football Manager-style splurge.

Bruno Guimaraes was given time to settle after being brought in from Lyon to sprinkle some creativity into Toon's engine room and he burst into life yesterday with a game-winning double.

After Leicester took the lead through Ademola Lookman, the Brazilian took control in a superb all-round display with four tackles and three successful dribbles.

But it was in the opposition penalty area that he really came alive, scoring the equaliser before getting the St James' Park faithful hopping on Easter Sunday with a diving header deep into stoppage time.

Bruno Guimaraes has been all over the field for Newcastle
Bruno Guimaraes has been all over the field for Newcastle

Nick Pope

After taking the lead through Wout Weghorst, Burnley could not hold on against West Ham as Tomas Soucek bundled home an equaliser with 16 minutes left to play.

But the Clarets would have left the London Stadium empty-handed were it not for their keeper.

Nick Pope performed miracles to keep out Jarrod Bowen's first-half strike and Issa Diop's late header, making five saves in total.

Whoever takes over from Sean Dyche will face a huge challenge to keep hold of the 29-year-old stopper, even if Burnley can reach safety.

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen's fairytale return to the field continued with another influential display against Watford.

The Dane controlled Brentford's midfield alongside international team-mate Christian Norgaard, with the latter bagging the opener.

Hornets ace Emmanuel Dennis made things interesting with an equaliser but Eriksen stepped up to provide the sting in the tail late on, whipping in a trademark free-kick for Pontus Jansson to score a last-gasp winner.

His Premier League return has drawn plenty of admirers and it looks like a race for the playmaker's signature is on the cards this summer.

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