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 …
Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Earlier this year, Rio Ferdinand famously missed out being selected for Euro 2012 due to "football reasons". It created quite a stir as his omission was suspected to have had something to do with John Terry and his racial row with his brother Anton Ferdinand. But with Terry retiring suddenly last week, rumours have resurfaced about Ferdinand returning to the national team, so much that it made Roy Hodgson regrettably announced that Ferdinand’s international career is as good as over. …
England's Best Starting XI | Part 1: Defence | Opta Stats Analysis

England's Best Starting XI | Part 1: Defence | Opta Stats Analysis

With the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland only a few months away and England still without a manager it looks like a daunting task for whoever takes over from Fabio Capello. To make this task easier we have derived a way to help whoever takes over with their starting line ups for the competition. We have done this by comparing players for each position using Opta statistics from the 2011/2012 season up to and including the matches that took …
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 …
Newcastle 3 Man Utd 0 | Stats Analysis

Newcastle 3 Man Utd 0 | Stats Analysis

Newcastle | Taylor-made for England?

Newcastle | Taylor-made for England?

Should Steven Taylor be in the England squad? Much has been said about Newcastle United’s excellent start to the season, no more so than from the Geordie public ourselves. Much always regularly creeps up about the immense defensive record NUFC continue to behold. As the ‘joint-best’ defenders, with Man City and now Liverpool, NUFC boast a record of conceding only 11 goals in 12 Premier League games. To give that some perspective, recent Carling Cup victors Blackburn and last years …
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