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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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STATS: How is Rooney keeping Herrera out of the team?

Passing success Juan Mata: 89.6% Michael Carrick: 89.6% Daley Blind: 89.6% Ander Herrera: 87% Wayne Rooney 84.3% Inaccurate long balls per game Rooney: 1.9 Carrick: 1.6 Blind: 1.5 Herrera: 1.2 Mata: 0.7 Inaccurate short passes per game Rooney: 7.1 Blind: 5.5 Carrick: 5 Herrera: 4.2 Mata: 4 Unsuccessful touches per game Rooney: 1.2 Mata: 0.7 [...]

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STATS: Daley Blind outshines Busquets and Matic

STATS: Daley Blind outshines Busquets and Matic
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STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

STATS: United, corners and Phil Jones

Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%. In real terms, that means this [...]

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STATS: De Gea is the PL’s best so far

STATS: De Gea is the PL’s best so far

Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper to have made at least one appearance during the first half of the 2014-15 Premier League season: Save percentage Manchester United’s David de Gea has saved the highest percentage of shots faced amongst goalkeepers to have played at least half of their club’s games this season. The highly-rated [...]

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ATTACKING STATS: United players compared to those at City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

Possession City – 59.5% United – 58.1% Arsenal – 57.6% Chelsea – 56.6% Liverpool – 55.2% Passing accuracy United – 84.5% City – 85.2% Chelsea – 85% Arsenal – 84.1% Liverpool – 83.1% Accurate long balls per game United – 43.2 Chelsea – 30.5 Liverpool – 30.3 City – 22.7 Arsenal – 22.1 Accurate short [...]

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STATS: Manchester United under LvG in 2014

Goals scored Robin van Persie – 8 (1 goal per 188 minutes) Wayne Rooney – 8 (1 goal per 163 minutes) Juan Mata – 5 (1 goal per 247 minutes) Assists Angel di Maria – 6 Wayne Rooney – 4 Juan Mata – 3 Ander Herrera – 3 Radamel Falcao – 3 Goals and assists [...]

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INFOGRAPHIC: United vs Liverpool

INFOGRAPHIC: United vs Liverpool
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STATS: Best Manchester XI

STATS: Best Manchester XI

Ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs. Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the [...]

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STATS: Rooney on derby day

STATS: Rooney on derby day

Wayne Rooney’s suspension is now over but injury could threaten his starting place on Sunday as United take on Manchester City. Reports suggest that the captain will be ready in time to play and the stats above suggest that having Rooney, the all-time top scorer in Manchester derbies, can only be seen as a positive [...]

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STATS: A decade of success of United players compared to world’s best

STATS: A decade of success of United players compared to world’s best

Opta has produced a table looking at the numbers of goals and assists in Europe’s top competitions over the past decade. Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Robin van Persie all feature in the top 10.

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