Juan Mata vs Oscar: Which midfield star comes out on top?

We compare the Chelsea and Manchester United stars to see if Jose Mourinho was right to sell the Spaniard.

This Saturday sees Manchester United take on Chelsea in what could prove to be a crucial tie in the Premier League.

While Chelsea have led the way for most of the season, United have found their form at the end of the season and now find themselves sitting third in the table, just a point behind second-placed Arsenal.

One player who has been key to that form is Juan Mata, with the Spaniard having left Jose Mourinho’s side last season for more first team football under former manager David Moyes and now Louis van Gaal.

Keeping Mata out of the Chelsea side was Brazilian Oscar, but how do the two players compare this season? We decided to find out.

So far, Mata leads the way in terms of goals, with eight compared to six. However Oscar is ahead in assists, with seven opposed to four.

Despite that, Mata has a marginally higher attempted assist success with 21 of 35 on target, a 60% success rate, while Oscar is just behind with 20 of 35 on target, a success rate of 57%.

In passing, both have played the same number of accurate passes this season (1046) although Oscar has made more total passes, 1259, a success rate of 83%. In contrast, Mata has played just 1163 passes, meaning his success rate stands at an impressive 92%.

Finally, the Spaniard comes out on top when it comes to dribbling, having won 17 of contests, a success rate of 56%. In contrast, Oscar has won just 18 of 46 contests, a success rate of just 38%.

So then, a comprehensive win for Mata in most categories, although Oscar manages to just better him when it comes to assists. Perhaps Chelsea would have been better keeping the Spaniard after all.

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