Stats: Lawrence & Wilson's debut compared to Januzaj's - who's best?

Old Trafford Olympics

Out of a selection of key attacking stats, HITC:Sport rate the respective debuts of Manchester United's super prospects this season.

Sunderland and Hull City have more than seemingly surviving the relegation battle in common this season as the Tigers and the Black Cats were both a witness to a glorious Manchester United debutant - or, in the case of the latter, two debutants.

Forward Tom Lawrence and striker James Wilson were entrusted with a starting role at Old Trafford, a ground that has proved a nightmare for an under-performing United team this season, yet the two wonderkids played so well that those in attendance were brought back to it's erstwhile Theatre of Dreams status.

Suddenly, a miserable present thanks to a barren year and no Champions League football next season, has a positive - the future is bright.

  MatchTouchPass AccDribbleCross AccShot AccChanceAssistGoalMin
Lawrence vs Hull (h) 58 86.1% 5 N/a N/a 2 0 0 70
Wilson vs Hull (h) 22 66.7% 0 N/a 50% 0 0 2 64

Against Hull City, a team vanquished by a 3-1 score, Lawrence and Wilson both excelled.

Even though they fulfill different roles on the pitch, they returned commendable statistics in a number of shared key areas.

Wilson had a poor success rate when it came to the pass - only 66% accurate - yet his striking of the football was precise as 50% of his efforts hit the target. Considering he only had 22 touches on the ball, it is incredible that he showed the poise and calmness to return two goals.

Lawrence, who played deeper than striker Wilson, had a far greater passing accuracy (86%) and enjoyed 58 touches on the football. He had a greater influence on possession and play from the middle to attacking region, embarked on five dribbles and created two clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.

Considering both Lawrence and Wilson are attackers, how did their debuts compare to the headline-grabbing introduction of Adnan Januzaj to senior level football when he featured against Sunderland?

Januzaj, like Lawrence, plays in a more withdrawn position as an attacker in the final third rather than a spearheading front-man. It is therefore no surprise that he had a similar amount of touches on the ball, 61, yet played in seven additional minutes before he was substituted.

Like Lawrence, he also was excellent with his passing ability, showcased his penchant for dribbling but showed the precision of Wilson in front of goal, with a 50% shooting accuracy and two goals to show for his efforts.

It should not be a matter for debate… if you take the best bits of Lawrence's debut and the best of Wilson's, you have Januzaj's performance versus Sunderland in a nutshell.

  MatchTouchPass AccDribbleCross AccShot AccChanceAssistGoalMin
Januzaj vs S'land (a) 61 86.5% 7 N/a 50% 0 0 2 77

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