Stats: How does West Ham's Diafra Sakho compare to Manchester United's strikers?

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West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho is the same as Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and just behind Robin Van Persie in a key area.

West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho can switch his focus back to performing for the Hammers this weekend as Manchester United come to Upton Park.

It’s a massive game for Sam Allardyce’s side and a real opportunity for them to put some points on the board and gain ground on the Manchester side.

If Sakho starts the game, it will be interesting to see how he plays against Manchester United’s talented attack.

  PositionTeamGoalsGoal AssistDuel WonAccurate PassTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Robin van Persie FW Man Utd 9 2 80 345 667 21 1,723
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 8 4 85 924 1,437 19 1,667
Diafra Sakho FW West Ham 8 2 72 115 437 14 1,027
Falcao FW Man Utd 4 3 43 209 403 14 774
James Wilson FW Man Utd 1 0 18 66 149 11 315

The stats in terms of goals and assists for this season suggest that he can be competitive against Manchester United’s current strikers.

Robin Van Persie leads the way on nine goals but Sakho could draw level and even overtake the Dutchman with a good performance this weekend.

He also compares well in terms of the duels he’s won this season, which shows he’s got a good core strength and should be able to compete well against United’s defensive options.

Where he falls down is in terms of the number of accurate passes and touches of the ball he’s had.

However, that shouldn’t be a major surprise considering the higher number of passes Manchester United player and the arguably greater movement in their midfield and attack.

Sakho can certainly have a say on the game this weekend and there’s no reason West Ham fans shouldn’t be confident that he’ll make the difference.

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