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STATS: Shinji Kagawa’s Season So Far

STATS: Shinji Kagawa’s Season So Far

Starts: 12 Goals: 5 Assists: 2 Minutes per goal/assist: 129 Passing completion: 512/566. 90.5% (only Scholes with 92.4% has a better passing completion rate at United. Silva 85.4%, Mata 85.2%, Hazard 84.9%) Final third passing completion: 174/202. 86.1%. (Hazard 82%, Scholes 81%, Silva 80%, Mata 78%, Oscar 75%) Games where he’s played 15+ minutes vs [...]

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STATS: Does Michael Carrick deserve to be man of the moment?

STATS: Does Michael Carrick deserve to be man of the moment?

This season, only Patrice Evra has started more games (27) than Michael Carrick, whilst Evra and Van Persie have both had more minutes on the pitch. Carrick has made 1843 accurate passes this season with an accuracy of 88%. Of those passes, 37% of them have gone forwards and just 8% backwards. In the opposition [...]

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Did United buy success like Chelsea and City? Course not

Did United buy success like Chelsea and City? Course not

An article was published on RoM last week to quell the misconception that the reason why United ended the title drought of 26 years was because Sir Alex Ferguson spent a load of money, the same as Chelsea and City have done more recently. When Chelsea or City are criticised for “buying” success, a usual [...]

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Trophies for Peanuts – Correcting Misconceptions of the Ferguson Way

Trophies for Peanuts – Correcting Misconceptions of the Ferguson Way

We’ve all seen the argument before that the reason why our success is different to Chelsea’s, and more recently, Manchester City’s, is because we used our own money, hard earned cash put through the turnstiles and so on. Almost an admission, that the only reason United ended that painful 26 year wait for a title, [...]

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Manchester United Mid-Season Report

Manchester United Mid-Season Report

Sir Alex Ferguson has understandably spoke down Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League with 17 games remaining, but the reality is that his side have a 7-point lead just over the half way point of the season. One of two English sides remaining in the Champions League, and an FA Cup replay against [...]

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STATS: United’s Season So Far

STATS: United’s Season So Far

Passing – Paul Scholes has our best passing accuracy, completing 92.5% of all his attempted passes. Only Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta have been more accurate this season, both with 92.6%. After Scholes is Rio Ferdinand with 91.3% (7th), then Tom Cleverley with 90.4% (13th). – Michael Carrick has attempted more passes than anyone else [...]

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STATS: Speed, passing and distance covered vs West Brom

STATS: Speed, passing and distance covered vs West Brom

Distance travelled In the first half, United covered 30.63 miles but in the second half upped this to 31.18. Michael Carrick covered 6.54 miles over 90 minutes which was more than any player on either side. Average speed Our average speed in the second half increased to 3.94 miles per hour from 3.62 miles per [...]

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STATS: Speed and distance covered vs Newcastle

STATS: Speed and distance covered vs Newcastle

Distance covered In the first half, United covered a total of 30.81 miles but in the second half upped this to 33.19 miles. Carrick has covered more distance for United this season than any other player and against Newcastle there were no differences. He covered 6.83 miles over the 90 minutes which is more than [...]

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STATS: United’s Hardest Working Players

STATS: United’s Hardest Working Players

For those who have played the equivalent of five games in the league, this is the ranking of how much distance they’ve covered minute on the pitch: 1. Rooney 2. Carrick 3. Van Persie 4. Cleverley 5. Scholes 6. Young 7. Welbeck 8. Evans 9. Rafael 10. Hernandez 11. Evra 12. Valencia 13. Vidic 14. [...]

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STATS: How Do United’s Midfielders Compare?

STATS: How Do United’s Midfielders Compare?

Following yesterday’s defeat against Norwich, Ryan Giggs was on the receiving end of much of the criticism. With the likes of Tom Cleverley, Anderson and even Darren Fletcher on the bench, it seemed puzzling that Giggs would get the nod to start in the centre of midfield. The stats above show the accuracy in passing [...]

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STATS: United vs Fulham

STATS: United vs Fulham

Manchester United fans hoping for a bright start to the season were disappointed as they were defeated by North West neighbours Everton in their first game • There were some bright points from the game, with David de Gea putting in a great performance with seven saves in total, second only to Petr Cech who [...]

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STATS: Scholes Compared To Gerrard, Lampard, Fabregas, Modric… over 3 years

2011/2012 – 93.2% of passes completed (2nd highest in the league) Yaya Toure 90.5%, Michael Carrick 90.1%, Scott Parker 89.5%, Luka Modric 87.4%, Juan Mata 87%, Frank Lampard 86.9%, Steven Gerrard 83.1%. 2010/2011 – 90.2% of passes completed (1st) Michael Essien 87.1%, Michael Carrick 86.6%, Luka Modric 86.5%, Jack Wilshere 86.1%, Yaya Toure 85.5%, Gareth [...]

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STATS: Rooney and Social Media

Whether we like it or not, social media is impacting the world of football on a more regular basis – proven by the Advertising Standards Authority’s (AAS) decision to ban the Nike “#makeitcount” campaign on Twitter after Rooney’s recent “tweetvertisements”. More and more people are concerned that footballers and celebs alike are cashing in on [...]

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STATS: How Euros Have Affected United Players’ Social Media Influence

STATS: How Euros Have Affected United Players’ Social Media Influence

Football and social media can be more closely correlated than perhaps we realise. Whilst we don’t care so much what they say, the fact we now have the option to hear our idols has helped bridge the gap between fans and footballers like never before. Players from across the globe take to social network sites [...]

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STATS: Scholes’ Season In Full In Comparison To Others

STATS: Scholes’ Season In Full In Comparison To Others

Paul Scholes was brought out of retirement after Manchester United struggled with injuries in midfield, with Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher all ruled out for a period of several months. It was a return not even Paddy Power would give you odds on, especially when United’s main problem seemed to be a lack of [...]

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