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Manchester United 2012-2013 statistics

In what turned out to be his final season as a manager, Sir Alex Ferguson guided Manchester United to their 20th top flight English title.

Summer signing Robin van Persie turned out be a big part of United’s success – top scoring in the Premier League with 26 goals. Notable winners at Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first half of the season helped pull the Red Devils ahead of the competition.

Manchester United beat 18 of the 19 teams they faced, whilst Robin van Persie scored against 16 of these in a season that the rest of the field never came close to stopping.

Here is a full look at how the squad performed during the 2012-13 season:


After a tough first season in English footballer, David de Gea was battling with Anders Lindegaard at the start of the season for the number one spot.

Some poor dealing of corners by Lindegaard in a 4-3 victory over Reading on 1 December would be the last action for the Danish goalkeeper until May as de Gea firmly established himself as Ferguson’s first choice. At one point the Spaniard went on a run of keeping 8 clean sheets in 10 Premier League games.

Of goalkeepers to play at least half of their team’s games in the Premier League, only Petr Cech (77.22%) had a higher save percentage than David de Gea. At the other end of the scale, including all goalkeepers to appear, only Shay Given (33.33%) had a lower save percentage than Anders Lindegaard.


Manchester United had the equal fifth best defence in terms of goals conceded. After a leaky start to the season, the focus on the defence during the second half of the season showed – conceding just 15 goals in the final 19 fixtures, of which 5 of those were on the final game alone. 3 clean sheets were kept in the first half of the season, compared to 10 in the second half.


Patrice Evra led the team in tackles from left back, starting 34 league games. In the opposite full back position, Rafael made only 5 fewer tackles than the French left back. Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Ryan Giggs complete the top 5.


Holding midfielder Michael Carrick came up with the most interceptions as one would expect in the position he plays. He ranked 18th overall in the Premier League. Full backs and Rafael and Patrice Evra did their jobs in winning back possession down the wings, whilst Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand did a good job intercepting passes down the middle of their defence.


Manchester United were the last team to pick up their first red card in the Premier League this season when Rafael was sent off in the 1-0 home loss by Chelsea in matchday 36. Only 7 teams picked up fewer yellow cards.


Antonio Valencia and Robin van Persie led the team in number of fouls, narrowly ahead of both Rafael and Patrice Evra.


Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney led the team with 7 yellow cards. Scholes, who received a yellow card in his final match ended his career on 97 Premier League yellow cards – two shy of matching Lee Bowyer and Kevin Davies’ at the top of the leaderboard. The now retired centre midfielder picked up his 7 yellow cards from just 20 fouls conceded all season.



Manchester United averaged the highest pass completion rate in the Premier League, at 85.7%. And only Arsenal, Manchester City and Swansea City completed more passes throughout the season.

Michael Carrick completed the highest number of passes – nearly twice as many as Patrice Evra who is second in the table. Only Mikel Arteta completed more passes all season than the centre midfielder for the 2012-13 Premier League champions.

Of players to complete at least 1,000 passes, Rio Ferdinand had the highest success rate at 90%. Paul Scholes was reliable once more in the centre of the pitch, completing 92% of his 856 attempts.

Chances Created

As well as being the club’s top goalscorer, Robin van Persie also created the most chances, leading in both open play and set piece chances created. And as well as being the club’s second top scorer, Wayne Rooney was also second in the list of setting up shots for team mates.

Antonio Valencia did well down the right wing whilst Ashley Young made the top 5 despite only starting 17 games.

Goal Assists

Wayne Rooney saw a new role during the 2012-13 season, playing more deeper on the pitch and often in midfield as Robin van Persie took the role as the main striker. With his new responsibilities, Rooney led the team with 10 goal assists – the only United player to have double figures in both goals and assists this season. He was 2 assists behind league leader Juan Mata.

For all the chances he created, Robin van Persie recorded a total of 8 assists in his debut season at Old Trafford. Antonio Valencia down the right wing and Patrice Evra from left full back recorded 5 each.


Of players to attempt at least 10 crosses in the Premier League, right back Rafael came out with the highest success rate – completing 1 in every 4 attempts. Shortly behind him in the chart, but lining up in front of him on the pitch was right winger Antonio Valencia.

The league average cross success rate was 23%.


Manchester United led the league in goals scored – 11 more than their closest competitors Chelsea as the only team to average more than 2 goals per game. Only Everton, Norwich City and Chelsea prevented the Red Devils from finding the back of the net this season.

Goals Scored

20 different players scored at least 1 league goal this season – a club record. Ashley Young had the most attempts on goal (27) of those who failed to score. Defenders Patrice Evra, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand combined for 12 goals.


Javier Hernández had the best conversion rate amongst players to score at least 10 goals in the Premier League – converting 23% of his attempts on goal.

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Mmmmm Stats….. Tasty!!

    Only stat that matters a wit? = Champions!

    Worst stat of the season? = Cakir

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Also one late breaking off field stat:

    Congrats to Jonny Evans and MUTV’s Helen McConnell. Many many years of happiness to the newlyweds!

  3. gd says:

    ashley young’s created 23 chances in open play? who would have thought that!

  4. Costas says:

    Even I am beginning to suffer from stats overload. :lol:

  5. MumbaiRed says:

    Running the risk of sounding like a Sky Sports reporter:

    “KEVIN STROOTMAN spotted at Manchester Airport along with Manchester United officials”

  6. Sparkz says:

    Hmm I could have sworn Chicharito and Nani had a few more assists this season?

  7. Costas says:


    I believe they are Premier League stats only.

  8. Rukky says:

    Again, the garay news comes up…

  9. kanchelskis says:

    How did Scholesy manage seven bookings this season?! Hahahaha.

  10. Rukky says:

    Classic scholesy. Put in a gud SHIFT in d charity match yesterday. Funny pot belly men everywhere.

  11. kanchelskis says:

    Mourinho back to Chelsea confirmed. They’re going to be a real threat next season.

  12. Costas says:


    Isn’t that the truth. Depending on the comings and goings at Old Trafford, they could even be the favorites for next season’s title.

  13. kanchelskis says:


    Hard to disagree with that.

  14. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    @kancheskis. Agreed. I’d watch out for them more than I would for City. Mourinho just doesn’t like to lose. He will do ANYTHING to get that win. That desire could only be bettered by one man in the league, Sir Alex and he’s gone now. Hopefully Moyes can get us going very quickly cuz slipping up next season would feel like a death sentence.

  15. wayne says:

    Well if Rent Boys under Maureen are favorites how can Utd not winning it be a slip up and a death sentence,that’s a contradiction

  16. FletchTHEMAN says:

    @kancheskis. Chavs have a tidy little team and Mourine knows EPL much better than some. Needs to cull a couple players and solve some midfield questions. But that is exactly what he is good at. Interesting if Terry is gone. Poison to that entire place.

  17. kanchelskis says:


    Mourinho will be given money to spend. If they can add a couple of top defenders and one or two squad players, and Mourinho gets into his stride straight away, they’ll be formidable. His Madrid reign was also characterised by a lot more attacking mindset than he favoured in his last spell at Chelsea (and at Inter), and if he can impose that philosophy successfully on Mata, Hazard and Oscar, it could spell trouble.

  18. kanchelskis says:


    That will be his one challenge. Terry looks absolutely past it and the fans have spent most of the last year pestering Chelsea into Lampard getting a new deal, even though he offers little but his goals these days.

    If he’s to start afresh there, he really needs to fuck those two off (especially Terry), but how will that go down in the dressing room and the stands?

  19. wayne says:

    I’m not hearing nothing new here Rent Boys spend money every year and are always a threat,same as City will be while they have the Arab money spending millions.This has been a fact of life for Utd for years now,nothing has changed

  20. kanchelskis says:


    Yeh, we’ve always had Fergie before…

  21. wayne says:

    yeah well we don’t now still doesn’t change the fact this has been going on for years,so being told that the Rent Boys are going to be favorites if Roman gives him money to spend is hardly coming as a shock.
    Not saying you but there seems to be this underlying trend that Moyes isn’t good enough to do his job,it’s getting fucking boring.Moyes is getting compared to other managers,his decision to bring his own staff in although most complaining have no fucking clue about the new staff.

  22. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    @wayne. I don’t understand how that’s a contradiction. Mourinho knows chelsea in and out. Moyes is just managing United for the first time. No matter how good a manager is. Adapting to a new team and a new system with new players is a challenge for ANYBODY. This has completely fuck all to do with Moyes abilities as a manager. Those are already well documented. Fact remains we have to be up and running from the start cuz the competition is fiercer than it has been in a long time.

  23. wayne says:

    danny you said slipping up next season would be a death sentence but if signing Maureen makes Rent Boys favorites then it wouldn’t be a slip up it would be expected.

  24. domunited says:

    SAF is still with the club. He may not be managing day-to-day, but surely he would be available to discuss the finer points of XYZ in the executive lounge over a nice Bordeaux.

    What worries me is that other teams will be spending serious dosh this summer and I don’t think Moyes will be very aggressive in the market. I like Zaha, I like Powell, Buttner, and some of the other late SAF signings… but are we the supporters ready to give Moyes a year to create HIS team? I am, but I don’t think everyone (fans, board, press) is completely on board with that notion.

    If he can get Wazza to commit to a central/attack mid role, and if we can keep injuries to a minimum, I think we stand a pretty decent chance next term. DDG will be busy, but he’s ready to be a savior.


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