This season, both Manchester clubs lined up with superstar strikers. Manchester United managed to convince Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join their club and start a Premier League venture, while Sergio Aguero, like many seasons before him, started as Manchester City’s main man.
Both strikers had high expectations placed on their shoulders, with Ibrahimovic under more scrutiny to perform in order to prove he can withstand the tough nature of the English top flight.
The two hitmen have reached a double figure goal tally already, but who’s performed better for their respective side?
Looking at Ibrahimovic’s performances, the Swedish giant has found the back of the net 15 times in the Premier League this season and has been the main source of goals for his side. The striker has only missed one Premier League fixture and has scored against 50% of the teams he has faced.
Ibrahimovic has also been helping United’s progress in other competitions. His hat-trick against Saint-Etienne all but sealed the Red Devil’s progress into the next round of the Europa League while two goals in three starts in the EFL Cup has helped his side reach the final; Jose Mourinho’s men face Southampton on Sunday.
The Swede has created 43 chances and has four assists already this season, only Paul Pogba has created more in United’s side as the Frenchman has created 46 opportunities.
On the other side of Manchester, Sergio Aguero has been going about his business quietly this season. The Argentinian striker has appeared in five fewer fixtures than Ibrahimovic this term, yet Aguero has still scored 11 goals in 19 league appearances.
Like Ibrahimovic for United, Aguero is the main source of goals for his side and has five more than City’s next highest scorer, Raheem Sterling, who has six. The Argentine has scored against only 36% of sides he’s faced this season but he has scored crucial goals against Sunderland and Burnley which have led to City gaining three points as oppose to one.
Aguero has only created 14 opportunities this season and has no assists to his name. However, he does boast a higher take-on success percentage than Ibrahimovic having beaten his man 64% of the time, compared to the United striker’s 50% success rate.
Both strikers have been crucial for their sides this season, but who has had the bigger impact?
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