Stats show Man United’s Radamel Falcao outperforming Liverpool flop
Manchester United can return their faulty goods but Liverpool have lost their receipt for Mario Balotelli
Two of the most talked about footballers this season have been Ramadel Falcao and Mario Balotelli, but for the wrong reasons.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has shown more faith in Falcao than Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has with Balotelli. The Colombian has played eight more games in the Premier League than the Italian has this season.
Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have taken a closer look at the pair to see how they compare. Seven key areas were analysed and despite the disappointing figures from both, one leads in almost every criteria.
Ramadel Falcao has scored more goals (4 to 1) and has racked up more assists (4 to 0) than Balotelli.
He has enjoyed the better strike-rate (11.8 per cent to 0.2 per cent) and has also excelled for passing (85 per cent to 70 per cent).
The Colombian has also bettered the Italian for both successful dribbles (56.5 per cent to 41.7 per cent) and aerial success (27 per cent to 22.9 per cent).
The only area that Balotelli does lead is shot accuracy (56 per cent to 54 per cent).
United fans have been far from impressed by Falcao but looking at the stats it could have been far worse had they landed another player.
And the biggest difference? United can hand Falcao back to his owners, AS Monaco, at the end of the season. Liverpool on the other hand are stuck with Balotelli.
This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com