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CHELSEA and Manch­ester United will be looking to their tal­is­manic front men to in­spire victory.

Nei­ther are one-man teams, but both Di­dier Drogba and Wayne Rooney have been in such dev­as­tat­ing form this sea­son that de­bate has al­ready be­gun… just who is the bet­ter striker and who would you rather have in your team?

The case for Drogba: Chelsea’s Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tional has been a rev­e­la­tion al­ready this sea­son, scor­ing nine goals in the Premier League, just one be­hind Fer nando Tor­res, who tops the chart.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men are lead­ing the Premier League ta­ble thanks in large part to Drogba’s ef­forts. His strength and pace are his big­gest as­sets and the abil­ity to out­mus­cle even the most im­pos­ing cen­tre-backs. And it’s not just bang­ing in the goals that Drogba ex­cels at. The Ivo­rian has the sec­ond high­est num­ber of as­sists this sea­son too – eight, just one be­hind Arse­nal play­maker Cesc Fabre­gas.

What they say:

Florent Malouda on Drogba:

“He has not changed, the fact he had a good pre-sea­son without in­juries can ex­plain it ... he is re­ally happy and en­joy­ing his form at the mo­ment.

“He is train­ing harder than ever and had some rest be­cause of the ban, but is now back in the com­pe­ti­tion and scor­ing goals. Even at this level he is work­ing harder and harder.”

Pa­trice Evra on Drogba:

“We need to be strong be­cause Drogba and Anelka are two big strik­ers. They are both so quick and strong.”

Carlo Ancelotti on Drogba:

“I don’t want to change him with any other striker. Di­dier is an im­por­tant player for us.

“He is do­ing very well and we are happy. I’m very happy with his be­hav­iour, and I hope he con­tin­ues like this.”

Di­dier Drogba on Drogba:

“I think I am in the form of my life. A few years ago I was play­ing with the same con­fi­dence.

“It’s al­ways eas­ier when you are play­ing in­jury-free. I al­ways say I am happy to be on the pitch and play­ing. I hope I can con­tinue play­ing and feel­ing like this un­til the end of the sea­son.”

The case for Rooney: Other than goalscorer, Wayne Rooney can be de­scribed as the con­sum­mate team player.

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional will run him­self into the ground for United, cov­er­ing ev­ery blade of grass and chas­ing af­ter ev­ery ball. As for­wards go, Rooney is not only one of the most lethal, but also one of the most un­selfish.

He has scored seven Premier League goals for United so far – just two be­hind Drogba – and al­though his as­sists don’t mea­sure up to his ri­val – Rooney has just one to his name – his pass­ing and pass com­ple­tion rate is far su­pe­rior to that of Drogba.

In the Premier League and Cham­pi­ons League com­bined, Rooney’s pass suc­cess is an im­pres­sive 73%, com­pared to 59% for Drogba who has of­ten been de- scribed as lazy, fail­ing to track back when the op­po­si­tion have the ball. With Rooney, that crit­i­cism does not ap­ply.

What they say:

Sir Alex Fer­gu­son on Rooney: “He’s blessed with cer­tain in­gre­di­ents that only great foot­ballers have. It’s the determination and hunger to win ev­ery match, ev­ery time he goes on the field, ev­ery train­ing ses­sion.

“He’s blessed with that and it’ll never change for him. They’re won­der­ful things to take into foot­ball. We some­times won­der with the crit­i­cism about what foot­ballers get paid but when you see that ef­fort he puts in, he’s worth ev­ery penny he’s paid be­cause he plays as if he means it.”

Frank Lam­pard on Rooney: “Wayne is the most tal­ented player I have ever played along­side.

“As a mid­fielder, as soon as I get on the ball I want to play it in be­hind the other team’s mid­field or de­fence. I need some­one to be ahead of that action, al­ready get­ting into a good po­si­tion. As you learn to play with Wayne, you re­alise that his aware­ness is ex­cep­tional. It’s his key strength.”

Fabio Capello on Rooney:

“I am very happy when Rooney plays. He is dif­fer­ent to the other play­ers and has al­ways done well with the na­tional team. He is a very big tal­ent. He can do ev­ery­thing.” – The Tele­graph

TEAM MAN: Wayne Rooney will run him­self into the ground.

BIG THREAT: Di­dier Drogba is a hand­ful for any de­fence.

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