Tottenham defender Danny Rose trounces Manchester United's Luke Shaw in stats war both going forward and back

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

The Spurs star has had a much better season than Luke Shaw.

Today see's Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester United in a massive game in the race for the top four spaces in the Premier League.

One battle that will certainly be interesting to observe is that between the two left-backs - Danny Rose and Luke Shaw.

Shaw, who came of his own under Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton last season, joined United in the summer for a reported £30 million, according to Sky Sports.

Meanwhile Rose has really improved this season. His form prompted Pochettino to give a glowing reference of the player earlier this week, so he will be hoping to silence the Manchester United attack this weekend.

So who has been the best defender in the league?

  PositionTeamBlocked Cross (per game)Won Tackle (per game)Total Clearance (per game)Interception (per game)Fouls (per game)
Danny Rose DF Tottenham 0.9 2.29 2.43 2.19 1.76
Luke Shaw DF Man Utd 0.85 1.15 3.77 0.62 0.77

This table from Opta Stats shows that, defensively, there is not much between the pair but, if you had to say, Rose is the better defensive option.

However it is important to remember that Shaw has also played a lot of his season as a wing-back for Louis van Gaal. With that in mind it is likely that he would always come out second best to Rose defensively.

But what about on the offence?

  PositionTeamAccurate Cross (per game)Goal Assist (per game)Key Passes (per game)Successful dribbles (per game)Accurate Pass (per game)Fwd Pass (per game)
Danny Rose DF Tottenham 0.71 0.19 1.05 0.76 28.62 16.57
Luke Shaw DF Man Utd 0.46 0 0.69 0.69 27.62 8.54

Unfortunately for Shaw, Rose comfortably beats him in this respect as well.

The Tottenham star has more assists, more key passes, more take ons, more passes and more forward passes and much better cross success rate.

There is no doubt, based on this season, that Danny Rose has been the far superior player to Luke Shaw. Today will tell who handles the pressure better.

He has made more tackles and more interceptions this season while Shaw has only bested him really in clearances - not exactly a fact to rave about.

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