Vidic Done For Season | Opta Stats

Vidic Done For Season | Opta Stats

Earlier this season we took a look at the possible defensive starters for Manchester United.  At the time we noted that
 "[Sir Alex Ferguson] will now be faced with the possibility of starting 4 players on his back line who've less than a full season of minutes for United under their belt."
At that time there were injuries to Rafael, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinanad to contend with.  The news from Old Trafford today, 9 December 2011, is that …
Man United | Tightening up defensive leaks

Man United | Tightening up defensive leaks

Manchester United’s early season defensive problems appear to have gone away, conceding only one goal in the last four league games - and that too a contentious penalty at home to Newcastle. Rather than delve into the reasons behind this new-found defensive solidity – feel free to speculate below – I thought I’d simply illustrate the effect the Manchester City match had on shots conceded (click to enlarge). The key comparison is between the second and third bars; shots conceded …
The evolution of Manchester City

The evolution of Manchester City

Given their massive expenditures since they were taken over in 2008, most expected City to finally be challenging for the title this season. In light of the recent transfer window, Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) predicted with 99 % certainty that City would finish among top 3, and following their impressive start of the campaign, Zach Slaton (@the_number_game) give City a 94 % chance of lifting the trophy in May City’s performances this season are there for everyone to be seen; after …
Return of Ashley Young at Villa Park

Return of Ashley Young at Villa Park

December, arguably the most important month in the title race, begins with this weekend. Alex Mcleish’s Aston villa host defending champions Manchester utd in Saturdays late kick off. Manchester utd come into this match with a shocking result in carling cup against Crystal Palace. If last 3 seasons results are taken into account, this will be another tricky fixture for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. 2008-09 Aston villa 0 – 0 Manchester utd 2009-10 Aston villa 1 – 1 Manchester utd 2010-11 Aston …
Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle | Stats Analysis

Man Utd 1 - 1 Newcastle | Stats Analysis

Nani | Now & Then | A stats comparison

Nani | Now & Then | A stats comparison

When Cristiano Ronaldo departed Old Trafford for sunnier pastures there was much discussion over who would assume his mantle. The pundits speculated about any number of potential transfers to be made with Antonio Valencia eventually arriving for a massive fee.  And, largely ignored in the statements coming from press and Old Trafford, Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha began to step from the shadow of his international teammate and began writing his own legacy in Manchester. Since the 2008/09 season Nani has steadily …
Manchester United 1-0 Sunderland

Manchester United 1-0 Sunderland

Prior to their victory over Everton, Manchester United had not won a match 1-0 since the start of the 2011-12 campaign. In fact, they had not won a match 1-0 since they defeated Everton by that score line at Old Trafford on April 23.  However, they have now won by that score line in each of their past two English Premier League fixtures.  While a loan Wes Brown o.g. is not the most memorable of victories, the fact that United …
LFC vs MUFC | United Could End Jinx

LFC vs MUFC | United Could End Jinx

You'd be forgiven, if you're a Manchester United fan, for being sick of the sight of Anfield lately. Where previously we could look forward to the trip, knowing that our record there  was absolutely insane, we now find ourselves without a league win since 2007, when Carlos Tevez turned a Rooney shot into the roof of Reina's net for the only goal. Of course, whilst Liverpool may have won the last three games at Anfield, prior to that their previous home victory …
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