HEAD-TO-HEAD: West Ham's Noble v Manchester United's Blind - Who comes out on top?

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Who will shine in midfield this weekend when West Ham take on Manchester United?


West Ham head to Old Trafford this weekend, hoping to pull off another major result against one of the so-called 'top clubs'.

The midfield battle will be key, and as ever, the Hammers will be relying on their consistent star Mark Noble.

Noble is up there with the best in the Premier League, unfairly overlooked for the England squad, and hugely under-appreciated.

He is therefore, and ideal measuring stick against which new Manchester United signing Danny Blind can be assessed on his opening performances for the Red Devils so far.

In two matches against QPR and Leicester Blind has done well, but the manner of United's late collapse on Leicester did not reflect well on any of the players on show that day.

The Dutchman has been heavily involved in his appearances to date, averaging 96 touches per game, with Noble 81.6.

He has shown himself to be an accurate passer of the football, completing 93 per cent of his efforts, a seven per cent increase on Noble's.

The West Ham man is however superior in winning the ball back for his team, tackling and in terms of his creativity. 

The area Blind shines is his interceptions, averaging an impressive five per game in the 180 minutes he has played so far.

The big question this weekend, is whether Blind will be going up against Noble at all. With United's defensive injury crisis, there remains a chance the Dutchman could be played at centre-back.

This would help solve that problem, but losing out on his calming influence in midfield would be a blow to United as they attempt to balance their squad in order to get a result.

  TouchesPassing AccuracyBall RecoveriesKey PassesTacklesInterceptionsMins Played
Daley Blind 96 93% 6 0.5 2 5 180
Mark Noble 81.6 86% 8.4 1.6 2.8 1.4 450

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