Don't Write Off Wayne Rooney - Yet | Stats Analysis

Don't Write Off Wayne Rooney - Yet | Stats Analysis

Headlines were made when Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney for Manchester United’s second league game against Fulham last week. He was dropped in favour of new United player Van Persie. The move has sparked numerous reports about him getting close to the Old Trafford exit door. Ferguson is understood to have been dismayed by Rooney’s performance against Everton over a week ago and made his decision to drop him during the week. Against Everton, Rooney often lost the ball …
Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 3 vs. Fulham 2

Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 3 vs. Fulham 2

In what was very much a game of two halves, Manchester United recorded a narrow win over Fulham where both Robin Van Persie and Shinji Kagawa got off the mark on their home début. Line-Ups Alex Ferguson made four changes to his Manchester United team which lost away to Everton last week – the most notable of which was the inclusion of Robin Van Persie, who was handed his starting début in place of Wayne Rooney. Manchester United played with …
The Truth About The Demise of Patrice Evra | Stats Comparison

The Truth About The Demise of Patrice Evra | Stats Comparison

As we all know, Patrice Evra has faced with a horde of criticisms regarding his performances last season. Fans have lamented his defensive capabilities, with the increasing feeling that he was not the player he once was. Some blame it on the racism storm with Luis Suarez; others point the finger at his complacency at being the only recognized and reliable left back for Manchester United; while a few would go as far as to attribute it to his problems …
Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Who is the most influential player from the Top 8? | Statistical Comparison

Last season's top 8 clubs in the Premier League was some what predictable, in what order they finished in was a surprise to many, but which players at those clubs were the most influential at that club, I take a look at their stats here. The top 8 clubs, United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Liverpool & Everton, all had at least one top quality striker, Arsenal has Robin van Persie (left) and were all able to score at consistent …
Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

Will the Real Number 7 Please Step Up? Nani Vs Valencia Stats Comparison

When Michael Owen was released from Manchester United recently, Valencia stepped up to become Manchester United’s new Number 7. However, it is my strong belief that Nani should have been the one to don the jersey instead. Why, you might ask? Before we get into my rationale, let’s explore the significance of the Number 7, and Manchester United’s love affair with that number. History To sum it in one word, it’s the history. That’s the best way to try to …
Ravel Morrison: Is He Ready? | West Ham United EPL Preview

Ravel Morrison: Is He Ready? | West Ham United EPL Preview

Following his reported 300k move from Manchester United in January, youngster Ravel Morrison wasn’t able to establish himself as a first team regular. After only making one substitute cameo role at the back-end of the season, it was evident that Big Sam was keeping young Ravel, under-wraps. But moving away from his first real season of alleged first team football, the West Ham coaching staff have indicated that Ravel will be a big part of the pre-season plans for West Ham, and see …
Odds of Winning the League: The Final Day | Probability Analysis

Odds of Winning the League: The Final Day | Probability Analysis

Wow. What a day. In what was the most exciting finish to the English Premier League season ever, Manchester City secured the title with 2 stoppage time goals to beat out Manchester United on mere goal differential. [caption id="attachment_14511" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Kompany and Aguero Celebrate"][/caption] Instead of trying to sum up the craziness that was this final day in words, I thought it would be better to quantify all the swings that happened. City went from being confident of winning …
Swansea City Stand Firm At Old Trafford

Swansea City Stand Firm At Old Trafford

Prior to yesterday’s game against Swansea, Manchester United had scored an average of three goals per game in Premier League matches played at Old Trafford this season. Following Manchester City’s earlier two goal win up at Newcastle to place them firmly in the driving seat for the title race, the only chance for United to remain in contention was to cut the eight goal advantage that their noisy neighbours held over them. Therefore, we can safely assume that the message …
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