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 …
Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

FT Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd. Jones (20). Attacking Stats: Aston Villa - Shots 8, On Target 2, Goals 0, Chances Created 6, Crosses 8/23. Man Utd - Shots 14, On Target 4, Goals 1, Chances Created 13, 3/22. Possession Stats: Aston Villa - Possession 43.8%, Territory 45.2%, Passes 237/355/67%. Man Utd - Possession 56.2%, Territory 54.8%, Passes 379/473/80%. Defensive Stats: Aston Villa - Tackles 12/16, Interceptions 14, Blocks 4, Clearances 13/29, Headed 6/14. Man Utd - Tackles 6/8, Interceptions …
Carrick & Jones | Man Utd midfield solution?

Carrick & Jones | Man Utd midfield solution?

The Man Utd midfield has been much talked about this season from the early praise of the Anderson/Cleverley partnership, to the lack of no summer signing and now back to some more praise on a new partnership. Phil Jones, seen by many as a future CB has been given a midfield role alongside Michael Carrick in Man Utd's last two Premier League games and impressed. Ok it was only Aston Villa and Wolves but still, the way our season has been going …
Newcastle 3 Man Utd 0 | Stats Analysis

Newcastle 3 Man Utd 0 | Stats Analysis

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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