Stats: Surprise West Ham star has created as many chances as Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas Barcelona

Stewart Downing's impressive form continued against Manchester United.

Stewart Downing's season just seems to get better.

Despite Manchester United's 2-1 win against West Ham yesterday, the 30-year-old produced another lively performance - and can now boast a rather impressive statistic after six games.

Indeed, Downing has created the same number of chances as Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas so far this season - which is the joint-highest tally in the Premier League.

  TeamPosChances CreatedAppsMins
Stewart Downing West Ham MF 20 6 539
Cesc Fabregas Chelsea MF 20 6 531
David Silva Man City MF 16 6 503
Eden Hazard Chelsea MF 15 6 505
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea MF 14 6 532
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 14 6 464

As Opta stats show, 20 is an impressive number, with the likes of David Silva, Eden Hazard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Raheem Sterling far below that tally by comparison.

Against United, meanwhile, Downing shone with another stat...

  TeamPosAccurate CrossesSuccessful Final-Third PassesChances CreatedAppsMins
Stewart Downing West Ham MF 8 13 4 1 90
Jason Puncheon Crystal Palace MF 4 12 5 1 90
Steven Davis Southampton MF 3 14 2 1 90
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 3 9 2 1 90
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal MF 3 17 3 1 90
Raheem Sterling Liverpool MF 3 21 6 1 90
Mesut Ozil Arsenal MF 3 37 2 1 90

At Old Trafford, the West Ham United star completed eight accurate crosses, twice as high as his nearest competitor Jason Puncheon on the day. Downing also made 13 successful final-third passes and created another four chances.

It is just a pity for the 30-year-old that Sam Allardyce's forwards couldn't quite convert enough of his chances to secure a result.

Downing's form has come as a surprise to many this term and West Ham co-chairman David Gold admits he has been 'a revelation' since moving into midfield.

The positional change has been key to Downing's progress, which can be considered a tactical accomplishment of Allardyce's this season. Now to keep it up for the duration of the campaign.

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