Two of the key players as Manchester United host Chelsea this weekend will be United’s record signing Angel Di Maria and Chelsea’s talented Belgian Eden Hazard.
Di Maria has had a positive impact at United since joining from Real Madrid but Hazard has the benefit of more Premier League experience in games such as this one.
However, the stats suggest that Di Maria has been the more effective left sided midfielder so far this season.
United’s £60 million summer buy has more goals and assists than Hazard as well as having put more accurate crosses into the box, all from a lower number of minutes this season.
Where Hazard excels is his skill in terms of taking players on which is important if Chelsea are forced to counter attack on Sunday and he can find some space to expose a United defender.
He’s also played more accurate passes, which suggests he’s going to be a key threat in the Chelsea midfield as United look to keep the Blues out of possession as they try to control the game.
Conclusion: Hazard has performed in big games like this before and he could hurt United if they take their eye off the ball. Di Maria is quickly turning into one of United’s most influential attacking players and Mourinho will have a way to take him out of the game. Keep him quiet and United could struggle.