On Saturday evening, Chelsea defeated Manchester United 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Eden Hazard.
It was a win that fired Jose Mourinho’s side tantalisingly close to the Premier League title, but United left Stamford Bridge with their heads held high after outplaying Chelsea for much of the contest.
Of course the most important thing is the result, and that was in favour of the Blues, but this United side is markedly different from the one that stumbled through the first few matches of Louis van Gaal’s tenure.
One player who particularly impressed was Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera – a player who has excelled for United in recent times and looks to be the heir apparent to Paul Scholes.
So how did the former Athletic Bilbao player compare with his countryman Cesc Fabregas?
As you can see above, Herrera outperformed his more experienced opponent in a number of key areas.
When it came to passing accuracy, the United player was streets ahead with 94 per cent compared with Fabregas’s disappointing 74 per cent.
Herrera also came out on top in terms of shots and duels won, while he touched the ball more than twice as much as the Chelsea player managed.
Herrera was also dispossessed just once all afternoon compared with the three times Fabregas lost possession under pressure.
Could we be seeing a changing of the guard in terms of Spanish maestros? After all, the United player has been brilliant recently and he looked a class act against his more illustrious Chelsea counterpart.