Seven brilliant Thiago Silva stats from his dominant display vs Man Utd

As the old saying goes, form may be temporary but class is permanent. 

The arrival of Thiago Silva at Chelsea over the summer was met with excitement and scepticism in equal measure.

Yes, the Brazil international is one of the most talented centre-backs of his generation and would undoubtedly improve Frank Lampard’s leaky defence. However, there was also a slight sadness that, at 36, we would not be seeing Silva in his prime.

He proved those doubters wrong against Manchester United and we’ve listed seven stats from his impressive performance at Old Trafford.

– Defending is Silva’s bread and butter and he completed six clearances and three recoveries during the 90 minutes.

– He made two tackles and two crucial interceptions for his team.

– Modern-day defenders have to be comfortable playing out from the back and Silva more than fit this criterion. He made 82 passes with a passing accuracy of 94%.

Thiago Silva

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– Mixing things up, eight of his 12 attempted long passes paid off.

– No United player dribbled past the Chelsea defender. The man is a man mountain.

– The Brazil international committed no fouls throughout the match.

– Chelsea kept another clean sheet with Silva marshalling their defence – their fourth consecutive shut-out with him in the side.

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