Has Stan Collymore lost his mind?

Manchester City could open up an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League table if they defeat neighbours Manchester United when the two meet on Monday morning. Both teams are in great and there are many key players looking to make an impact and win the derby for their side. Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane are two of those players in Sky Blue but according to former Premier League striker Stan Collymore United attacker Jesse Lingard can make just as much of a difference. But has the former Liverpool striker lost his mind? Because the stats suggest otherwise.

There’s no denying the 24-year-old has been a key player for United this season, as proven in the statistics below.

Jesse Lingard in 2017-18

  • 11 matches
  • 3 goals
  • 10 shots
  • 10 chances created
  • 3 assists
  • 7 fouls won
  • 7 take-ons
  • 145 passes (85% accuracy)

But he is a fair way behind the Manchester City duo.

Kevin de Bruyne

  • 15 matches
  • 4 goals
  • 26 shots
  • 39 chances created
  • 8 assists
  • 12 fouls won
  • 22 take-ons
  • 972 passes (84% accuracy)

Leroy Sane

  • 14 matches
  • 6 goals
  • 18 shots
  • 15 chances created
  • 6 assists
  • 10 fouls won
  • 28 take-ons

If United are to inflict City’s first defeat of the season they will need Lingard to be on top of his game, but if De Bruyne, Sane and the like are on top of theirs they’re going to be hard to beat.

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