Evans - A Steady Rise to Prominence?

Evans - A Steady Rise to Prominence?

Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are starting to show the fans that they are the future of this great football club. More noticeably, the former is a Manchester United academy product - one that we can gloat about. Every  football club has a player that surpasses or finally lives up to the expectations. In Jonny Evans, Manchester United has the former. A Manchester United youth graduate who has everything that a defender requires: two good feet, good awareness, commanding and …
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 …
Manchester United's defensive troubles | What is the solution? | Stats Analysis

Manchester United's defensive troubles | What is the solution? | Stats Analysis

Manchester United remain at the summit of the Premier League, scoring goals at will and playing with an attacking verve that has seen Sir Alex Ferguson label the team better than the treble-winning side of ‘99. However, this season United have too often suffered defensive lapses, seeing the team concede 31 goals in 26 games. This begs the questions, who is Manchester United’s best centre-back and what is United’s best defensive partnership? To answer that it is necessary to compare …
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 …
EPLIndex Statistical Team of the Week - Premier League Matchday 7

EPLIndex Statistical Team of the Week - Premier League Matchday 7

End of another fascinating weekend of the Premier League and it's time to check out – EPLIndex’s Team of the Week using the EPLIndex.com’s Stats Centre (Subscribe for Access to the EPLIndex Stats Centre) This time 5 goal keepers managed to keep a clean sheet while we had as many as 34 goals scored by 33 different players (+ 1 own goal) so things became a lil too difficult this time! We've opted for a 4-4-2 this week - team is below with the reasons beneath! Joe …
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 …
Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal 1 MUFC 2 | Wenger Outwitted

Arsenal succumbed to their third defeat in a row in the Premiership, despite equalising through Robin Van Persie, as United rather comfortably overcame their opponents. Sir Alex Ferguson lined his team up in the counter-attacking style he normally deploys against Arsenal. Their exploitation of the wings paid dividends and Ferguson's quick reactions to any changes Wenger made ensured his team came away with the victory. On Arsenal's right flank, John Djourou had a nightmare of a game against the tricky …
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 …
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