Manchester United: What's changed? Player Performance Analysis v 12/13

Manchester United: What's changed? Player Performance Analysis v 12/13

My statistical prediction model of EPL results did something a little unexpected this week. With some caveats around van Persie and whether or not he was fit, its odds gave a high likelihood of Newcastle beating Manchester United at Old Trafford. We all know how the game turned out and that Manchester United - by their usual standards - have had a very poor start to the season. For this post I want to see if we can find some …
Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs signs one-year contract extension at Manchester United

Ryan Giggs has put pen to paper on a deal that will mean he will continue to play for Manchester United until June 2014. In signing the deal, the Welshman is set to be involved in his 23rd season for the red half of the city and the veteran will be playing for the current Premier League leaders beyond his 40th birthday. Speaking to the Official Manchester United Website, Sir Alex Ferguson passionately described his emotions regarding Giggs. “What can …
The Evolution of Ryan Giggs: Meulensteen, Man Utd Tactics & Player Analysis

The Evolution of Ryan Giggs: Meulensteen, Man Utd Tactics & Player Analysis

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 …
Have Giggs & Scholes Improved?

Have Giggs & Scholes Improved?

Manchester United's two veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have both been instrumental for the club when they've played but how do they fare when compared to last season? Ryan Giggs Stats Comparison Defensively, the Ryan Giggs of 2010/11 is not too different to the Ryan Giggs of 2011/12. Ryan Giggs' stats for the two seasons are almost identical. The only real difference is the rate at which he is intercepting the ball. The surge in the rate at which …
Landon Donovan | Play-maker Stats Compared

Landon Donovan | Play-maker Stats Compared

[caption id="attachment_9266" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Donovan has made a big impact for Everton so far this season"][/caption] There's no doubt that Landon Donovan has made a huge impact for Everton in his 5 games since starting his loan. His 2 assists have been pivotal in Everton's recent results. But how does he compare to some of the EPL's best playmakers? Do his numbers stand up to the likes of Manchester City's David Silva, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, Tottenham's Luka Modric and Manchester …
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 …
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