This weekend sees the second Manchester derby of the season in what will prove a key fixture in the race for the Champions League.
City have been suffering of late and have fallen down the table, now finding themselves fourth in the table after Monday night’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
In contrast, United have been hitting form at the right time and are third in the table, just a point behind second-placed Arsenal. The form is seemingly with them then, but derbies usually throw that out the window.
In fact, it’s usually the forwards that play a key part in these fixtures, with Sergio Aguero’s goal winning the first game earlier in the season. We’ve decided to compare him with Wayne Rooney to see who comes out on top coming into this game.
In the goals column Aguero leads the race with 17 compared to 12, while he also has a better percentage in the scoring attempts category, having got 47 of his 116 on target, an impressive 40%. In contrast, Rooney has hit just 22 of his 65 attempts on target, which comes in at 33%.
The Argentine forward also has more assists this season, having registered six compared to Rooney’s four. The one place the England man doesn’t fall short is the big chance missed column though, having missed just two big chances compared to Aguero’s rather high tally of 12.
So then, the Manchester City forward comes out on top in this head to head, although given that Rooney spent a large portion of the season in midfield, it would be interesting to see how the stats would look had he spent more time up front.