Manchester-based duo Wayne Rooney and Stevan Jovetic were both influential on Saturday – but which player comes out on top as HITC’s Manchester-based forward of the weekend?
According to the table provided by Opta Stats, both players showed their attacking intuitions and proved to be the difference in their respective clubs’ victories.
Premier League holders Manchester City hosted Welsh outfit Swansea City, and battled back from a goal down to claim the three points and keep Chelsea’s lead in check.
Jovetic, 25, was a thorn in the visitors’ side all afternoon and put on arguably his best attacking performance of the season before leaving the pitch after 70 minutes.
Aside from his prodded equaliser after Wilfried Bony gave the Swans a shock lead, the Montenegrin international attempted five shots and successfully completed three dribbles.
Rooney, similarly, also had arguably his best attacking performance of the season as his late strike with the aid of a Kieron Gibbs own goal helped the Red Devils to an impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
It was United’s first away win of the season in the Premier League, and much of what they did well in North London came directly through their 29-year-old talisman.
Rooney took four shots over the 90 minutes, successfully completed two dribbles and showed great awareness in the final third to provide his teammates with three goalscoring opportunities.
In possession, both players proved to be assured and comfortable, although Jovetic found himself more in the thick of the action as opposed to Rooney who led the counter-attacks.
The City man took a total of 63 touches, and played 39 accurate passes while only being dispossessed on the one occasion before leaving the pitch to a standing ovation with 20 minutes remaining.
Rooney did provide more defensive cover, illustrated by his four ball recoveries, but with the Gunners pressing hard for a late equaliser perhaps that was to be expected as the United skipper dropped back.
Both attackers showed endeavour and ability in abundance, but only one can come out on top as HITC’s best Manchester-based attacker of the weekend.
As a result, this time it is City’s Jevotic who wins the honour and boss Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping of more of the same for the visit of Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.