Two players with Chelsea connections went head-to-head at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening as Manchester United drew 0-0 with Valencia in the Champions League.
Romelu Lukaku was hoping to inspire the Red Devils to a much-needed win following Saturday’s defeat at West Ham, while Michy Batshuayi was looking to kickstart Los Che’s European campaign.
The Chelsea loanee has so far struggled to during his loan spell at the Mestalla, scoring just the once in nine games for the Spanish giants.
In fact, it is only in the past few games where the striker has come into the team after coming off the substitutes’ bench in their first five league games.
No doubt clearly frustrated about spending time away from Stamford Bridge for the second successive season, Batshuayi has vowed to return to Chelsea a better player once his loan spell with Valencia comes to an end.
“No (I’m not looking for a permanent move). I’ve so much respect for Chelsea and I love them,” he told The Times .
“This loan is important for my development, to show how good I am so that I can go back to Chelsea a better player.
“Everyone knows there’s real emphasis on technique in La Liga and I’m a technical player; in that sense it’s a good fit.
“But all leagues are a good fit for me — I can play anywhere. Germany and England were good fits too.”
At a time when Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have only got one goal between them this season, the Blues maybe should have kept the Belgian international in west London for the season.
Well, stats from Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur comparing Batshuayi and Lukaku show that the Blues do have quite a player on their hands.
Lukaku, who left Chelsea on a permanent deal for Everton in 2014, has scored a fantastic 219 goals in 454 games since starting his career with Anderlecht in 2009.
Both at Old Trafford tonight, both born in 1993 (25y):
Romelu Lukaku 🇧🇪
✅361 starts (80%)
🔥1 goal every 149 mins
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) October 2, 2018
Starting in 361 of his 454 games, the Manchester United forward’s strike rate is one goal every 149 minutes.
However, although it is Lukaku who has scored more goals than Batshuayi in their respective careers, the Chelsea striker does have the better strike rate at one goal every 144 minutes.
Starting his career back in Belgium with Standard Liege in 2011, the 25-year-old has hit the back of the net 116 times in 293 games.
Chelsea fans will be praying they finally see the very best of the striker from the 2019/20 season.