Following the opening weekend of the Premier League season, I wrote an article comparing the debuts of Manchester United's Ander Herrera and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, with one performing considerably better than the other.
While Herrera struggled to influence the game against Swansea City, Fabregas provided two assists in a 3-1 win against Burnley, leaving some to speak in terms of masters and apprentices. But just a few weeks later the gap between the two players seems much less.
In United's 4-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers, Herrera scored one goal and set up another. He also made four key passes, 19 forward passes and had a pass accuracy of 91%.
That was far better than his league debut for United, when he made no key passes and had an accuracy of 88%.
He certainly outdid the Chelsea player in terms of goals scored, with the former Barcelona man still waiting for his first goal in a blue shirt. And yet to say Herrera outperformed Fabregas at the weekend simply because he scored one more goal than him would be foolish.
After all, the latter set up another two goals - this time in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Swansea. He also made six key passes (two more than Herrera) and 24 forward passes (five more than his United counterpart). Fabregas also had a superior passing accuracy of 94%.
So in short, Herrera performed much better in his second match at Old Trafford than he did in his first, but he still has some way to go before he is influencing games in the manner of Fabregas, who could be the difference for Chelsea just as much as Diego Costa this season.