Manchester City ultimately had the last laugh against Southampton, winning 3-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon, but for a long period it looked as though Ronald Koeman’s side could take something from the match.
Two goals in the final 10 minutes ended that possibility, as Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy added to Yaya Toure’s 51st minute strike. But the Ivorian had a run for his money when it came to standout midfielder.
That title could easily have gone to Morgan Schneiderlin, whose importance was made clear by his second-half absence, but the Frenchman’s Southampton teammate Victor Wanyama also had a game to be proud of.
As you can see above, the 23-year-old made more interceptions and won more duels than his more experienced midfield rival, while the two players’ passing accuracy was almost identical on the day.
In key areas they matched each other almost stride for stride, but in the most important area the City star came out on top, scoring the first goal and ultimately enjoying the victory.
But Wanyama proved again what a talent he is and gave a strong suggestion that in a few years he could be just as effective for Southampton as Toure is for City.