Robben vs Sanchez stats: Which United linked winger wowed Brazil more?

Sneijder, Robben and De Jong Netherlands

We take a look at the two phenomenal performances Robben and Alexis Sanchez put up, and ponder as to what they could bring to Old Trafford.

These first few World Cup fixtures have seen two players linked with Manchester United stand out as outstanding attacking talents.

Both the Netherlands' Arjen Robben and Chile's Alexis Sanchez gave scintillating performances as their countries beat Spain and Australia respectively, scoring goals, creating goals, and giving defenders the sort of games they'll have nightmares about later.

Goal AssistTouchesDribbled
Player %
Arjen Robben Netherlands MF 2 100.00% 0 46 44.44% 82.61% 90
Alexis Sánchez Chile FW 1 50.00% 1 68 75.00% 71.43% 90

Bayern Munich winger Robben's passing accuracy was outstanding considering the level of opposition he was playing against, as well as the fact he is a forward player.


Barcelona player Alexis Sanchez proved himself an even more skilful player, beating his man 75% of the time he tried. He also had many more touches on the ball than Robben, despite the Dutchman playing a vital role as the Netherlands embarrassed the World Cup holders. Both players had a hand in two goals, with Robben hitting the target three out of three times, two of which found the back of the net. Sanchez scored one and missed one from his shots, but was outstanding in the lead up to Jorge Valdivia's goal.

Though we were looking at just one game, the stats indicate Robben is a more reliable shooting threat, while also demonstrating impressive passing accuracy, while Sanchez is the more live wire individual, seeking to get on the ball more and dribble past players.

Both players had superb seasons at their clubs, with Sanchez scoring 21 and assisting 15 in 51 games at Barcelona and Robben performing even better as he scored 21 and assisted 17 in just 45 games.

Either would surely be welcome at Old Trafford given their opening Brazil 2014 performances. 

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