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STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

Tackles per game

Minutes per foul

Passing accuracy

Tackles won

Ground duels won

Aerial duals won

Interceptions per game

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    A very interesting stat this year is that of cards. United didn’t get a lot of yellows and finished with no red cards in the league.

    United must have had one of the best disciplinary records in the league.
    This is contrasted by the notoriously unjustified red in the Champions league. Which arguably changed our season. I blame Cakir. ;)

    The team gave away very few free kicks and benefited mightily over last season.

  2. A says:

    Rafael was sent off against Chelsea.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    A, Ah yes. in 89th minute. Didn’t change the result, but well spotted. Cheers.

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    With the Glazers set to recoupe 150M in interest in the next 5years after restructuring their bond debt, anyone fancy a bit of celebration?

    Falcao? Bale?? Possibly a cheeky bid for Neymar after Barca’s bid was rejected by Santos?
    Come on then! Let’s be having it!

  5. markdegea says:

    Rafael got a red card against the rent boys. Good stats there and i believe there will be improvement next season. Still curious to know the kind of players our new boss will be bringing. United forever.

  6. markdegea says:

    I seriously don’t think we will be getting any of them. Maybe that just my kidney thinking. •ː̗̀=Dː̖́•‎​​​​​ℓσℓz•ː̗̀=Dː̖́•‎​​​​​

  7. Dominic says:

    Interesting to note that 4 out of the top 5 players for minutes per foul are British while 4 out of the top 5 players for tackles won are foreign. Does this mean that British players are cleaner but less effective than the foreigners or that they get the benefit of the doubt from referees?

  8. hot sauce says:

    interesting stats. do you mind sharing with me your source or did I miss it somewhere. from United’s perspective j.Evans was a real breakthrough this season I’m impressed even as a Chelsea fan .. I think the overall quality in the defense has greatly improved this season in the PL compered to the previous season ..

  9. DohaRed says:

    Saddest news of the day – our centre-half Brian Greenhoff passed away, at only 60.

    Lovely bloke. Used to love watching him and Jimmy.

  10. Dan says:

    Tackles per game is a fairly misleading statistic as the absolute top defenders rely on positioning, rather than getting in there and making a tackle. Maldini (who for me, is the finest defender I’ve ever watched) made an average of 1 tackle every 2 games because he was always in the right position to intercept the ball and didn’t need to commit to a tackle.

  11. Pratyush says:


    That’s why Rio is fantastic, he barely ever goes to ground, and rarely ever commits a foul, as can be seen here.

    While Rio is obviously not as legendary as Maldini, I’d definitely consider him one of the greatest defenders of the last decade, and possibly even of all time.

  12. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Markdegea. Cheers son. Me as well. Just ger REALLY cheesed off when I see great players going to mediocre project teams for huge sums and us sitt there, giving all our tin to bankers so they can buy yachts for their mistresses.

    I want to see some of our money spent on US! You younger lads might recall Carrick, Rio, Berbatov coming close to british transfer records. But there hasn’t been one of those in 4 years. DeGea was the top pay out for a keeper I believe.
    That said, we used to do that ALL the Time. With our own money. Not the money of some ponce chav. IT is our money that is going out the door. We need to use this to make some record signings. I am ready to make some noise. Come on then. Let’s be havin some of THAT!


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