Anderson's Redemption | A look at the Manchester United midfielder

Anderson's Redemption | A look at the Manchester United midfielder

Anderson's career at Manchester United has been inconsistent. He made just ten appearances last season, less than half of the twenty four he made after joining the club in 2007, and has struggled to hold down a first team place. He arrived as a tricky flair player, slight in build but fast, agile and keen to take players on. Today he plays a more conservative role. Anderson has been shaped into a powerful, intelligent passing midfielder. It's different to his …
No Need for Nani? | Statistical Comparison with Ashley Young

No Need for Nani? | Statistical Comparison with Ashley Young

When Nani joined Manchester United in the summer of 2007, many viewed this as the signing that would push the Red Devils over the top. Manchester United were coming off a season in which they had won the Premier League, beating runners up Chelsea by 6 points. However, with their previous title occurring in the 2002/2003 season, Sir Alex desperately wanted to strengthen his team for long term success. With one of the world’s best players in Cristiano Ronaldo and …
Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2 | Goals & Match Analysis

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2 | Goals & Match Analysis

A Liverpool Vs Manchester United derby has always created an interesting game and this game was just that. Liverpool however dominated the game for long periods creating more chances than Manchester United throughout. Line Ups: 1st Half: Both teams had chances but it was Liverpool that had the majority. Young Raheem Sterling is a shining light in this Liverpool side, full of confidence wanting to run at players and combining with Suarez well. This happened a few times in the …
Do Manchester United Really Need Robin van Persie? | Stats Comparison

Do Manchester United Really Need Robin van Persie? | Stats Comparison

Ever since rumours surfaced about United's bid for last season's Player of the Year and following Sir Alex's subsequent acknowledgement of the same, there has been a debate among fans whether the club actually need the striker. While few doubt his abilities, van Persie's recent behaviour at Arsenal and that United appear well-stocked up front do raise some questions over spending priorities. Robin van Persie compared to United's strikers Stats do tell a story and comparing the Arsenal man with …
Antonio Valencia | Man United's Creative Machine

Antonio Valencia | Man United's Creative Machine

Antonio Valencia had a timid start to the 2011/12 season. It looked as though he lacked confidence, wasn't trying to take on players and wasn't creating any chances either. Vikesh Chevli, one of our Manchester United writers and also known on Twitter as @RedMancunia, wrote an interesting article about Valencia on this very site with regards to this lack of confidence which can be found here: Is Antonio Valencia lacking confidence? The article mentioned above was dated on 1st December …
Man Utd's Midfield | Stats & Analysis

Man Utd's Midfield | Stats & Analysis

There has been much uncertainty over Manchester United's midfield this season. 10 different combinations have played in that position over the past 20 PL games. To add to that uncertainty, Manchester United have just re-signed Paul Scholes from retirement. The uncertainty has been further increased through injuries which have forced players like Rafael and Rooney play out of position at times. Having considered the previous points who have been Manchester United's best performers and who should be Manchester United's first choice midfielders once …
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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