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STATS: Rafael’s injury record

STATS: Rafael’s injury record

Louis van Gaal has confirmed today that Rafael da Silva is out for the rest of the season, after breaking his ribs when playing for the U-21s as part of his rehabilitation. This season, he has been in the match day squad just 18 times from a possible 39 in all competitions. He has played [...]

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STATS: De Gea is better than Chelsea’s keeper

STATS: De Gea is better than Chelsea’s keeper

David de Gea is the only goalkeeper shortlisted in the PFA Player of the Year award, with Pat Jennings the only goalkeeper to win the award, back in 1976. De Gea is also on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and is joined by Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois. The official [...]

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STATS: Average age of United’s team compared to City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs

STATS: Average age of United’s team compared to City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs

The average age of United’s 10 most regular starters is 26.8.

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PICTURE: What a difference 5 games make

PICTURE: What a difference 5 games make

Five games ago, Manchester United were eight points behind Manchester City. Now, going in to the derby, we are one point ahead of them.

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STATS: Ander Herrera’s season so far

Ander Herrera has scored five goals and has four assists in 19 appearances (12 starts). That works out at as one goal/assist every 138 minutes he’s been on the pitch so far this season. For comparison, Cesc Fabregas has one goal/assist per 129 minutes, Eden Hazard per 140 minutes (or one every 157 minutes if [...]

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STATS: Arsenal striker thinks he’s sharper now – is he right?

Danny Welbeck has claimed that moving to Arsenal and playing more football has meant he is a lot sharper on the pitch. When you are playing regularly, you feel a lot sharper on the pitch. Once you play regularly, it just becomes second nature to do things on the pitch. I feel match-sharp and that [...]

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STATS: Mata best player in the league for goals and assists

STATS: Mata best player in the league for goals and assists

Since 2011, Juan Mata has the best goals and assists record in the league, outshining the likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure.

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STATS: United best performing team in big games this season

STATS: United best performing team in big games this season

Much has been made of he difficult run in Manchester United have in our battle to finish in the top four, but based on our results against the top clubs this season, we have the best record.

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STATS: United’s win over Liverpool

Player stats Most passes Antonio Valencia – 69 (92%) Juan Mata – 67 (92%) Mamadou Sakho – 53 (90%) Ander Herrera – 52 (87%) Joe Allen – 48 (84%) Attacking third passes Marouane Fellaini – 17 (65%) Antonio Valencia – 17 (90%) Juan Mata – 16 (80%) Ander Herrera – 13 (81%) Philippe Coutinho – [...]

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STATS: United goal scorers and providers compared with Chelsea’s, City’s, Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s

Here is a comparison of the players at United who have scored/assisted the most goals this season. Rooney is currently United’s top scorer, although it should be taken in to consideration that he has played in central midfield for the majority of the season. Angel di Maria has more assists than anyone in the team. [...]

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STATS: Are United in trouble with tough games ahead?

In the games that remain, much has been made that United have tougher fixtures than the teams around them. But is that such a bad thing? When looking at our results against the top teams in the league, United have faired pretty well this season. Chelsea Drew 1-1 (h) City Lost 1-0 (a) Arsenal Won [...]

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STATS: Di Maria vs Januzaj

You could probably see for yourself that Adnan Januzaj completely outperformed Angel di Maria in today’s match, justifying Louis van Gaal’s decision to make the half-time substitution. Shots Di Maria – 2 (0 on target) Januzaj – 4 (2 on target) Passes Di Maria – 16/22 (73%) Januzaj – 23/25 (92%) Attacking third passes Di [...]

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STATS: Goals per game for PL midfielders aged 23

STATS: Goals per game for PL midfielders aged 23

Cristiano Ronaldo had the best goals per game ratio when he was aged 23, with his birthday falling in 2008. This is followed by Christian Erikson, then Eden Hazard, then Paul Scholes. Stats from @klausegelund.

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STATS: Is LvG right about United’s long ball tactics?

STATS: Is LvG right about United’s long ball tactics?

Sports Matrix have produced an infographic which looks at United’s build style, following the on-going debate about long balls. If you needed stats to show you that United aren’t a long ball team, here they are, showing that, like most teams who are desperate for points at the end of a game, resort to booting [...]

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PICTURE: LvG vs Allardyce

PICTURE: LvG vs Allardyce

Following United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, Sam Allardyce claimed that his team couldn’t cope with United’s “long ball” strategy. In the end, we couldn’t cope with the long balls Manchester United kept putting in the box. It was just, thump it forward and see what they could get. In the end, it paid off [...]

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