Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli have suffered hoards of criticism this season, and have been touted as two of the worst signings of the season too.
Both have failed to live up to high price tags, with Falcao costing United £6 million in loan fees alone, and Balotelli costing the Reds £16 million after signing from AC Milan last summer.
Opta-powered Oulala.com have taken an in-depth look at the pair in an attempt to see how they compare in the Premier League. Several key area were analysed and despite wholly disappointing figures from both, there was one player that won the battle.
Falcao has made eight more appearances than Balotelli, and this has translated in more goals too. The Colombian has a return of four goals in 22 appearances whilst Balotelli has managed only one strike in 14 outings.
Despite his poor return, Falcao has provided four assists to team-mates this season, whilst Balotelli has managed to create no goalscoring opportunities.
Falcao also offers a higher pass completion (85% to 70%) and has also won more aerial duels than Balotelli (27% to 22.9%), whose physicality is one of his best traits.
Crucially, Falcao’s strike rate is far above the Italian’s, with the United striker boasting figures of 11.8% compared to Balotelli’s 0.2%.
The sole area that Balotelli does lead is shot accuracy, boasting a slim victory with figures of 56% to 54%.
So all in all what does this mean? It means that despite Falcao beating Balotelli in the stat department, the Colmbian striker still needs to improve.
But it could have been a far worse story for Untied fans had they signed Balotelli instead. The difference? United can hand Falcao back to owners AS Monaco and turn their backs, Liverpool are stuck with Balotelli for the long run.