Luis Suarez has understandably earned a lot of plaudits this year for his 19 goal haul in the Premier League but when push comes to shove, he hasn’t performed at the critical times for Liverpool this year whereas Wayne Rooney has for United.
The statistics show that Suarez isn’t a big game player.
In this Premier League season, he has scored 16 goals in seven games against the current worst seven sides but only three goals in eight games against the top 13 sides.
In comparison, Rooney has scored six out of his nine goals against the top 13 which is not a surprise as Rooney has always been a player for the big occasion.
From Champions League finals to highly charged Manchester derbies, Rooney thrives off the big stage. The pressure seems to make him play better.
Beating the teams lower down in the league is crucial to any Premier League title race but any team needs their best players to step up in the biggest matches and replicate that sort of form when it truly matters against the title rivals.
When push comes to shove in the big matches, you’d still pick Rooney in a heartbeat over Suarez because of his big match ability.