One of the key midfield match ups when Chelsea head to Manchester United this weekend will involve an ex-Blue against one of their talented Brazilians.
Jose Mourinho always maintained that he couldn’t say no to Juan Mata when he linked up with United under David Moyes last season and he’ll be confident that Oscar can out perform the Manchester United man.
The stats immediately suggest that Oscar has been the more effective player this season despite having played fewer minutes in the Premier League so far.
He has the same number of goals but more assists, more accurate passes and he’s reading the game more effectively.
Oscar is genuinely more involved in matches based on this season, which naturally gives him more chances to be a decisive factor.
However, Mata is ahead in one key area, which will please Louis van Gaal; he doesn’t give the ball away as frequently as Chelsea’s Brazilian star.
This game is going to come down to which side has the more effective players in terms of controlling possession and that means not making it easy for the opposition to win the ball back.
Conclusion: Oscar is ahead but Mata has it in him to be the defining player in this game. If Chelsea take their eye off of him then he can hurt their defence whether he’s looking for a killer pass or a chance to score himself.