Daley Blind: Statistical Analysis Of The Manchester United New Boy

Daley Blind: Statistical Analysis Of The Manchester United New Boy

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward                                                                                                                                 -Victor Kiam Retrospectively, these words are the best match to former Ajax “Golden Boy” Daley Blind. Son of Ajax legend and Champions League winning Captain Danny Blind, Daley carried a burden of expectations from a very early age. A product of the famed Ajax academy, he rose through the ranks of the club and established himself as one of the mainstays of the Ajax juniors side during the …
Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

Malaise, Moyes and Manchester United

Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

So, it's World Cup year. The Premier League is filled with the extra inspiration for players that they have to catch the eye of their national team managers. For England, there have been quite a few names that have come out of the woodwork, and so Roy Hodgson has been given the cliched 'selection headache' that graces every England manager before a big competition. The main area where some of the most expected big names are in danger of facing …
World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

With the 2014 World Cup now glittering in the distance it is standard procedure for every football fan in England to select their own England squad. Their own formation. Their own route to glory. However, this time it seems slightly harder. England are not exactly blessed by world class squad depth, nor are they blessed with a world class starting XI. But, and this is a big but, the Three Lions are blessed with a potentially promising crop of young …
What next for Anderson? | Manchester United Stats

What next for Anderson? | Manchester United Stats

Undeniable talent. Consistently inconsistent. Injury-prone. Just some of the phrases that pop up when I think of this over-weight Brazilian. Anderson plays in the middle of the park, and was bought for a hefty fee of around £20 million in the 2007 summer transfer window. He was immediately handed the #8 shirt, previously worn by Wayne Rooney, underlining his importance and the belief the club and ex-boss Sir Alex had in him. He's never really excited the Old Trafford faithful but …
England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

England's Strongest XI? Wilshere, Townsend, Rooney & Sturridge?

After two defeats in the last week, England fans are again at their most pessimistic heading into a World Cup year. Being beaten by Germany is always tough for England fans, but a somewhat second string Germany side makes the defeat all the worst. Friday night’s loss against Chile was also a bad result, albeit with an experimental English side. What the two games showed is that England do not possess much depth. Injuries aside, the team against Germany was …
Statistical Analysis of Manchester United's Midfield

Statistical Analysis of Manchester United's Midfield

Manchester United have started life after Sir Alex Ferguson very poorly. They have looked a shadow of the team that claimed the title comfortably last season. Robin van Persie’s influence in the team has waned, while new signing Marouane Fellaini has failed to find his footing. Van Persie’s shooting accuracy is down to 31.8% from 46% last year and his goals per game statistics are down to 0.5 from 0.68 last year. It may be too early to write off …
England 2-0 Poland | Tactical Analysis - Rooney, Gerrard and Townsend

England 2-0 Poland | Tactical Analysis - Rooney, Gerrard and Townsend

England progressed through to the World Cup Finals in Brazil 2014 with a 2-0 win over Poland at Wembley with timely goals from Wayne Rooney just before half time and Steven Gerrard just before full time. England turned in one of their best performances in recent years in a frantic and exciting first half littered with big moments, and nervy second half which saw a spell of Polish pressure withstood and a gradual fight back from England. Hodgson made two …
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