Vikesh Chevli

EPL Index's Manchester United writer. Follow me on twitter http://www.twitter.com/iconicnumber7

Man Utd Wingers vs The Premier League's Finest

Man Utd Wingers vs The Premier League's Finest

With only 1 gameweek remaining in the Premier League, I thought that I'd take a look at how the leading Premier League wingers have been faring this season. Unsurprisingly, Manchester United's wingers have been the best for actual wing play. The way Manchester United play requires them to be exactly that. All have a good crossing average. Young and Nani are the best goalscoring wingers and Antonio Valencia is the best assisting winger in the Premier League. The Manchester City …
Spurs v Man Utd Preview | EPL Opta Stats

Spurs v Man Utd Preview | EPL Opta Stats

Manchester United, currently in 2nd place in the Premier League, faces Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently 3rd, on Sunday in what is one of the games of the season. How have they fared so far this season? Statistically not much separates the two sides. The most striking statistic is that Manchester United have scored 12 more goals and conceded 4 less than Tottenham Hotspur. Chances have been created at a similar rate, with Spurs doing slightly better in that regard. …
Have Giggs & Scholes Improved?

Have Giggs & Scholes Improved?

Manchester United's two veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have both been instrumental for the club when they've played but how do they fare when compared to last season? Ryan Giggs Stats Comparison Defensively, the Ryan Giggs of 2010/11 is not too different to the Ryan Giggs of 2011/12. Ryan Giggs' stats for the two seasons are almost identical. The only real difference is the rate at which he is intercepting the ball. The surge in the rate at which …
Man Utd's Midfield | Stats & Analysis

Man Utd's Midfield | Stats & Analysis

There has been much uncertainty over Manchester United's midfield this season. 10 different combinations have played in that position over the past 20 PL games. To add to that uncertainty, Manchester United have just re-signed Paul Scholes from retirement. The uncertainty has been further increased through injuries which have forced players like Rafael and Rooney play out of position at times. Having considered the previous points who have been Manchester United's best performers and who should be Manchester United's first choice midfielders once …
Premier League Strikers Comparison

Premier League Strikers Comparison

Almost half of the Premier League season has been played. There have been some very good goals, some very lucky goals, some consistent play and some flashes of brilliance from Premier League strikers. How do we separate them? With statistics of course. Here I take a look at the strikers for the current top 7 clubs, their importance to their respective teams and whether they are actually performing to their expected level. [caption id="attachment_7631" align="alignnone" width="580" caption="Click to enlarge image"][/caption] …
Michael Carrick - Reborn | Opta Stats

Michael Carrick - Reborn | Opta Stats

Since that night in Rome in 2009 where Manchester United lost to Barcelona 2-0 in the final of the UEFA Champions League, Michael Carrick has been the equivalent to marmite in the eyes of many fans. You either love him or hate him. After some really fine performances so far this season is this about to change? Although admittedly I've always been a fan of Michael Carrick, his performances this season have been nothing short of brilliant. He has become more …
Man Utd Defence Shines In Vidic Absence

Man Utd Defence Shines In Vidic Absence

The loss of Nemanja Vidic to injury was a massive blow to Manchester United as he is not only Manchester United's best player, but he is the best defender in the world. His absence for the rest of the season means that the rest of the Manchester United defence will have to step it up and they went some way to doing that in last night's game vs Wolves. Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans really seems like the preferred partnership …
Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

FT Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd. Jones (20). Attacking Stats: Aston Villa - Shots 8, On Target 2, Goals 0, Chances Created 6, Crosses 8/23. Man Utd - Shots 14, On Target 4, Goals 1, Chances Created 13, 3/22. Possession Stats: Aston Villa - Possession 43.8%, Territory 45.2%, Passes 237/355/67%. Man Utd - Possession 56.2%, Territory 54.8%, Passes 379/473/80%. Defensive Stats: Aston Villa - Tackles 12/16, Interceptions 14, Blocks 4, Clearances 13/29, Headed 6/14. Man Utd - Tackles 6/8, Interceptions …
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