David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

There was much change at Old Trafford during the summer. For the first time in over twenty-five years, Manchester United began the season without Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. What has followed has been United’s worst start in the league for twenty-four years. Whilst it was evident that the transition period would not be perfect, United fans would have expected more than ninth place with only ten points after seven games. Critics have stated that Champions League qualification would be …
Chelsea vs Manchester United | FA Cup Replay Match Preview & Stats

Chelsea vs Manchester United | FA Cup Replay Match Preview & Stats

It has been a long three weeks filled with Premier League, Europa League and International fixtures since Manchester United and Chelsea played out an engaging cup classic at in their FA Cup Quarter Final tie at Old Trafford. United fatigued from their midweek excursions against Real Madrid and Chelsea quite evidently feeling the effects of their incredibly long season drew 2-2 with Benitez's Chelsea clawing back a 2 goal half time deficit which many are saying saved Benitez his job …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Analysing Krul against Rivals | Opta Stats

Since Newcastle United arrived in the Premier League in 1993, there really is only one goalkeeper that springs to mind. Shay Given made 462 appearances in his 12 year illustrious stint at ST JAMES’ PARK, earning him the very worthy title of one of Newcastle United's all time best ‘keepers. During the Premier League era, personnel such as Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop, Steve Harper and Mike Hooper have donned the No. 1 shirt at Newcastle, but none have ever shown …
Man Utd | Mid-Season Report | Opta Stats

Man Utd | Mid-Season Report | Opta Stats

As we just did with Liverpool, this post is an examination of the state of Manchester United after 19 matches.  For Manchester United this has been another season of slow starts, well, relatively speaking, and coming on strong at Christmas. An uncharacteristic loss to Blackburn notwithstanding, this is a Red Devils side that looks poised to push Manchester City to the finish and make this a two horse race in the spring.  For United it has already been a long season, having …
Tim Krul and the top 7 | Newcastle

Tim Krul and the top 7 | Newcastle

Say the names Cech, Reina, De Gea, Friedel, Hart and Szczesny to any avid football fan and they will quite rightly return to you that these are the names of the GK’s in the best teams in the Premier League currently. However, mention the name of Tim Krul and many a fan could be forgiven for not having a great deal to come back with. What most Newcastle fans will say, is that Krul’s performances in goal this season have …
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