Can vs Schweinsteiger: Liverpool man beats Manchester United’s so far

Emre Can v Bastian Schweinsteiger: Head to Head: : 20160310

The two sides meet in Europe for the first time ever on Thursday evening.

Liverpool host Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday evening, in arguably the pick of the last 16 fixtures.

It is the first time that the two sides have ever met in Europe meaning all eyes will be focused on Anfield as a result.

Neither have enjoyed particularly stellar campaign in the Premier League, and are eyeing up this competition as a route into the Champions League because of that fact. 

Key to the fixture is sure to be the midfield battle, and particularly interesting will be the clash of both Germany’s past and present.

That is defensive midfield duo Emre Can and Bastian Schweinsteiger, with the latter the current captain of his international side and the Anfield starlet eyed as one for the future by his country.

But which player has enjoyed the better Premier League campaign this season?

  TeamGoalsGoal AssistAccurate Pass per GamePassing AccuracyWon Tackle per GameDuel Won per GaeInterception Won per GameBall Recovery per Game
Emre Can Liverpool 1 0 48.85 81% 2.41 6.33 1.93 6.48
Bastian Schweinsteiger Man Utd 1 0 53.47 86% 1.35 4.65 1.35 6.12

When it comes to goals and assists they are level, having managed one strike a piece and no assists so far.

Beyond that though, it is youth that triumphs on this occasion, with Can a clear winner in six of the four other categories.

He has posted more tackles won per game, more defensive duels won, more interceptions won and more ball recoveries than his experienced counterpart this season.

When it comes to passing though, Schweinsteiger has the edge, registering more accurate passes per game and a better overall passing accuracy.

A win for Can nonetheless who will be hoping to enjoy similar impressive domination in this game also.

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