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Feb 082013
 

Manchester Utd v Everton, Sunday 16:00

 

– A late winner from Wayne Rooney sealed a 1-0 win for Manchester Utd in a back-and-forth encounter at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

 

– Following an excellent outing in the midweek friendly against Brazil, Wayne Rooney looks to be entering his trademark purple patch. He’s established a very solid 69.9% shot accuracy rate from 56 attempts, also compiling 7 assists. Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking for him to continue this trend of creating opportunities for others when he tracks back to receive the ball in deeper positions this weekend.

 

– However, the undoubted star of the show for Utd this season has been Robin van Persie, the prodigiously talented Dutchman registering a goal or an assist once every 80.8 minutes this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

 

Michael Carrick continues to display the kind of form which prompted Man Utd to offer him a new contract. He’s been superb in both defence and attack this season, leading the squad for passes completed in the opponent’s half with 755 and also racking up 50 interceptions.

 

Tom Cleverley has been developing nicely into the kind of player who can take over this role eventually, maturing his all-round game under Sir Alex Ferguson. He’s achieved the best tackle success rate in the Man Utd squad according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, with 74.2% from 31 atttempts.

 

– A dominant second-half display from Marouane Fellaini, including two goals, brought Everton back from the brink to earn a 3-3 draw in a thrilling encounter with Aston Villa.

 

Marouane Fellaini will be key in shutting down Utd’s dominance of possession this Sunday, a challenge he’ll likely throw himself into with the same intensity as he has done all season. His 80 attempted tackles is the highest in the Toffees’ squad.

 

– Expect to see Leighton Baines testing Man Utd’s left-side defence this weekend as well, the red-hot fullback ranking second on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for crosses provided with 99.

 

– Having returned to Merseyside, Steven Pienaar has once again become a central figure in David Moyes’ side. He’s completed 701 passes in the opponent’s half, more than any other Everton player this season.

 

Phil Jagielka continues to sustain his remarkable form this season, a run that will see him pushing hard for a starting berth in the next England side. His tackle success rate of 87.7% from 57 challenges is the best of any central defender in the premier League to have made over 25 challenges.

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