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 …
Danny Welbeck | Overrated or England international? | Stats Analysis

Danny Welbeck | Overrated or England international? | Stats Analysis

Danny Welbeck splits opinion, even between Manchester United fans. Some would say that his lack of goals and clumsy, somewhat erratic style means that he is an overrated player. However, many would point to his hard-working, athletic performances and his ability to harrow a defence as signs that he is worth a place in both the Manchester United and England set-ups. Welbeck has made 19 appearances this season, 9 of which have come from the bench – more than any …
Manchester United v Everton: Match Preview - Creativity comparison

Manchester United v Everton: Match Preview - Creativity comparison

The comeback kings of the Premier League clash on Sunday. Gaining 27 points from losing positions, Manchester United play host to an Everton side which have gained 21 points after falling behind. Everton will travel with confidence given recent results against United. After last season's 4-4 draw dented their host's title push, Marouane Fellaini bullied the Red Devils throughout the opening day win at Goodison. However, in order to continue their recent improvements in this fixture, Everton will need to …
Tom Cleverley vs. Jack Wilshere | Stats Comparison

Tom Cleverley vs. Jack Wilshere | Stats Comparison

Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere are both excellent players, so to compare them with the intention of deciding who is better would be a wasteful exercise. Instead, it is more relevant to the interests of the Premier League and the England set-up to examine the respective strengths and weaknesses of the players and offer suggestions as to how they could complement each other in the future. It’s perhaps surprising to most that Wilshere has played more minutes …
Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

Robin van Persie Vs Luis Suárez | Stats Comparison

This season’s two top scorers, Robin van Persie (18) and Luis Suárez (16), have been central to Manchester United and Liverpool teams who have had varying levels of success. Two very different players stylistically, the pair have established themselves as the Premier League’s striking elite. Van Persie’s game is a clinical one, and with the ability to score goals of every description from almost anywhere on the pitch, the Dutchman has carried on for United where he left off with …
The Premier League 4-2-3-1: Fantasista from the wing | Stats

The Premier League 4-2-3-1: Fantasista from the wing | Stats

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How Well Does Your Team "Fightback" When Conceding 1st? I Stats Analysis

The phrase "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" is certainly appropriate when discussing football data at a time when data is now readily available to the public should they be inclined to look at it. Manchester City have tried to raise the bar by offering data in the hope that some bright blogger/analyst will be able to add to the debate about improving performance via analysis of the data. In this article I want to …
Does Howard Webb favour United over Liverpool? | Stats Analysis

Does Howard Webb favour United over Liverpool? | Stats Analysis

When Howard Webb was announced as the referee for this weekend’s fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool, the usual comments about his bias towards Manchester United were made, but is the referee from South Yorkshire really biased towards the Red Devils? To determine this we have taken a look at every Premier League game that Howard Webb has officiated which has featured either Manchester United or Liverpool since the start of the 2008/2009 season. We have calculated the amount of …
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