Marouane Fellaini was better than Yaya Toure

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As you all know by now, Manchester City beat their Manchester rivals 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

One of the stand-out performers for the hosts was the Citizens' powerful midfielder Yaya Toure, who capped off his fine display with a goal.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's transfer deadline day signing Marouane Fellaini struggled to make an impression.

Yet, when you take a closer look at the stats, that's not entirely true.

Despite the heavy defeat for United, Fellaini came out on top, bettering his midfield rival in terms of more passes than Toure with a more accurate success rate.

The £27.5 million-man also covered more ground than the Ivorian, with far more accurate passes in the opposition half.

Fellaini's stats are in-keeping with United's overall performance - despite the significant difference in terms of quality, United had 58 per cent possession at the Etihad Stadium, but David Moyes’ side were incredibly wasteful with the ball - even when the game was over as a contest.

Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini's side were extremely clinical, capitalising when in possession and making the most of the time they had on the ball.

And of course, it's clear as the day is long that Fellaini didn't have a better game than Toure - the 30-year-old not only scored, but created two clear-cut chances for the hosts too, compared to Fellaini's none and drab sidewards passing.

United’s central midfielders, despite having more possession were completely overwhelmed by the Manchester City machine.

Stats can be misleading, and there is no better case in point than the Toure vs Fellaini match-up from this weekend - take a look at the stats below and see for yourself (with thanks to the Daily Mail).

Yaya Toure

Goals: 1
Passes: 52
Pass accuracy: 86.5%
Accurate opposition half passes: 28
Chances created: 2

Marouane Fellaini

Goals: 0
Passes: 65
Pass accuracy: 92.3%
Accurate opposition half passes: 46
Chances created: 0

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