Ahmad Khan

Derby Day Dogfight: The Battle of Manchester | Statistical Preview

Derby Day Dogfight: The Battle of Manchester | Statistical Preview

Here we go again. The top-of-the-table clash between the two Manchester clubs is upon us. It might be relatively early in the season still, but it would be silly to say this will have no bearing on where the title is going at the end of the season. As it stands, both Manchester United and Manchester City are well ahead of their nearest opponents in the league table, with Chelsea being 10 points behind Manchester United and 7 points behind …
The Curious Case of Javier Hernandez | Player stats analysis

The Curious Case of Javier Hernandez | Player stats analysis

Javier Hernández’s 2-goal man-of-the-match performance against Braga in the Champions League a few days ago was the perfect reminder to Sir Alex Ferguson that he should not be left out of the first team. Prior to the match, there were rumours of the Mexican being unsettled at United, where the arrival of Robin Van Persie and the eye-catching performances of Danny Welbeck have limited his first team opportunities. Since the performance against Braga provided such a timely indication of Hernández’s …
Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Wayne Rooney: Play-maker Role – Aye or Nay?

Not too long ago, when Wayne Rooney was injured, criticised for his performance against Everton in the opening day of the season and even rumoured to want to leave United, I wrote an article about how we shouldn't write him off just yet (http://bit.ly/R0DG13). So far this season Rooney is still looking for his first Premier League goal however after his three goals in the International Break I would bet on him grabbing one soon. A few weeks on, Rooney has …
Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Earlier this year, Rio Ferdinand famously missed out being selected for Euro 2012 due to "football reasons". It created quite a stir as his omission was suspected to have had something to do with John Terry and his racial row with his brother Anton Ferdinand. But with Terry retiring suddenly last week, rumours have resurfaced about Ferdinand returning to the national team, so much that it made Roy Hodgson regrettably announced that Ferdinand’s international career is as good as over. …
Rafael's Promise | Stats comparison with Zabaleta & Ivanovic

Rafael's Promise | Stats comparison with Zabaleta & Ivanovic

It might still be early in the season, but Rafael’s contribution to Manchester United this season so far has not gone unnoticed. In his four appearances this season, he has scored a goal in every other game: a statistic more readily associated with a striker. Perhaps it's not just the goals, but the manner and importance of the goals, that’s got me putting him in the spotlight this week. Against Fulham, he scored what turned out to be the match-winning goal by showing …
The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

From crosses to counter attacks to set piece plays, there are countless ways for teams to score goals. But what could be a more direct and obvious way to score than from a dead ball situation? In this article, I would like to explore the significance of set piece plays from teams last season. How important were set piece plays in contributing to their goal tally and eventually, their standings in the league table? To start off, let us have …
The Value of Players with Top Final Third Passes | Stats Analysis

The Value of Players with Top Final Third Passes | Stats Analysis

We all have a good idea of who the most creative and clinical players are this current season and last season: players like David Silva, Juan Mata, Luka Modric and Robin Van Persie. By that we are referring to how good these players are at scoring goals, creating chances, contributing assists, putting in crosses etc. But let’s take a step back and find out, before they contribute to these seemingly important statistics, just how efficient they are in their teams as passers in the final …
Darren Fletcher – United’s Forgotten Man | Four Year Stats Analysis

Darren Fletcher – United’s Forgotten Man | Four Year Stats Analysis

The recent news that Darren Fletcher has been named as part of the 22-man squad for the Champions League created an air of excitement amongst the United faithful. Having taken an extended break from football to recover from ulcerative colitis (a form of inflammatory bowel disease), there was a buzz of optimism when Fletcher returned to training at the start of the season.  With his imminent return to first team football within the horizon, let’s take a look at Fletcher’s …
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