Head-to-head: Manchester United's Memphis Depay vs Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Memphis Depay v Alexis Sánchez: Head to Head: How the two big money attackers compared at Old Trafford: 20160228

How did the Manchester United and Arsenal players compare at Old Trafford?

Memphis Depay v Alexis Sánchez: Head to Head: How the two big money attackers compared at Old Trafford: 20160228

If there was a statistical category provided by Opta for tricks and step overs performed, then Memphis Depay would have been a class above the rest of the players on the pitch at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Dutchman was part of a Manchester United side which beat Arsenal 3-2, and was an eye catching performer, playing with the swagger he was expected to when he signed for the Red Devils.

Alexis Sanchez meanwhile was disappointing by the standards he set against United earlier in the season, and was mocked by Joey Barton for his lack of impact.

Yet when it came to being productive, Depay has a lot of progression to make, even in a game where Alexis Sanchez under performed.

Both players had three attempts at goal, while it was Sanchez who created two goalscoring chances, as opposed to Depay's none.

As for going missing, Sanchez had more touches of the ball than the Dutchman, who for all of his fancy tricks, did not dribble the ball past an opponent in a one on one situation.

Depay is a raw talent who has the potential to be outstanding, but he is not there yet. He did show encouraging signs that he has learned his lesson about keeping the ball in the corner when protecting a lead, after his costly error against Chelsea.

Sanchez did himself no favours against United, and more is expected of him, but he was not awful, and may yet be a key contributor in the final 11 games of the title race.

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