Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head: Diego Costa (Chelsea) vs Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
7th February 2016

Super Sunday’s Premier League serving finishes with the colossal clash between Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge (16:00).

The Blues; who are unbeaten in their last eight league games, have been reaping the benefits of forward Diego Costa’s fruitful form in front of goal, with the Spain international netting six goals in his last eight appearances for the club in all competitions.

Meanwhile the Red Devils; who lie five points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal in fifth spot, similarly possess a hitman bang in form as England captain Wayne Rooney has found the back of the net seven times in his last seven games for Louis van Gaal’s side in all competitions.

So with both star strikers set to go head-to-head this afternoon, here is how Costa and Rooney match up so far this season…

Diego Costa
  • Club:
    Chelsea
fact file
  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    1.88m
  • Birth Date:
    October 7, 1988
  • Birth Place:
    Lagarto, Brazil
  • Clubs:
    Braga, Penafiel (Loan), Atletico Madrid, Celta Vigo (Loan), Valladolid, Rayo Vallecano (Loan), Chelsea
  • International:
    Spain (10 caps, 1 goal)
what he says
"To be honest I don’t know why he wants to play like a rugby player. He’s always spoiling for a fight and he wants to embarrass defenders. But you can’t trust Costa. You have to expect the unexpected and sometimes as a former player you just have to let these things go," Martin Keown, former Arsenal defender.
did you know
Despite being born in Brazil, Costa opted to play international football for Spain after being granted Spanish nationality in July 2013.
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    20
  • Goals:
    8
  • Assists:
    3
  • Key passes:
    16
  • Shot accuracy:
    50%
  • Pass accuracy:
    77%
  • Goals per 90 mins:
    0.42
  • Take ons:
    27
Wayne Rooney
  • Club:
    Man United
fact file
  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    1.76m
  • Birth Date:
    October 24, 1985
  • Birth Place:
    Croxteth, England
  • Clubs:
    Everton, Manchester United
  • International:
    England (109 caps, 51 goals)
what he says
"I’m well aware I’m ­getting closer to the record. Like the England record, when it was getting closer, it was a subject that seemed to be coming up every week, so I’m sure it will be the same now at United. But it’s great to be mentioned alongside Sir Bobby’s record and hopefully before the end of the season I can pass that and kick on from there."
did you know
Rooney needs just seven more goals to overtake Sir Bobby Charlton and become Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer.
Premier League 2015/16:
  • Games:
    20
  • Goals:
    7
  • Assists:
    3
  • Key passes:
    27
  • Shot accuracy:
    49%
  • Pass accuracy:
    82%
  • Goals per 90 mins:
    0.36
  • Take ons:
    11
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