Will Manchester United’s Change in Style Pay Off? Stats

Will Manchester United’s Change in Style Pay Off? Stats

When Manchester United conceded the title to their neighbors at the end of last season everyone expected the type of vicious response Alex Ferguson is known for. Throughout his tenure Blackburn, Arsenal and Chelsea have repeatedly threatened to derail the dynasty he’s tried to create and the Scot has fought them all. So United did spend this summer, and spend big. £27m on Robin Van Persie and £14m on the Bundesliga’s player of the year Shinji Kagawa. All these purchases …
Arsenal's star: Mikel Arteta compared to Michael Carrick | Stat Analysis

Arsenal's star: Mikel Arteta compared to Michael Carrick | Stat Analysis

If you asked James Bond to collect your Aston Martin from the dealership you’d back him to get it to you safely. I mean, he’s used to fighting terrorists, flying planes, and parachuting out of moving jets. The challenge of a sprightly sports car shouldn’t pose him too many problems. On the other hand, if your eighty-year-old grandmother was tasked with the same pickup, it's fair to say you’d be a little nervous. You’d trust Bond because he’s playing within …
The Curious Case of Javier Hernandez | Player stats analysis

The Curious Case of Javier Hernandez | Player stats analysis

Javier Hernández’s 2-goal man-of-the-match performance against Braga in the Champions League a few days ago was the perfect reminder to Sir Alex Ferguson that he should not be left out of the first team. Prior to the match, there were rumours of the Mexican being unsettled at United, where the arrival of Robin Van Persie and the eye-catching performances of Danny Welbeck have limited his first team opportunities. Since the performance against Braga provided such a timely indication of Hernández’s …
Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Does Rio Ferdinand Deserve an England Call-up? Stats Analysis

Earlier this year, Rio Ferdinand famously missed out being selected for Euro 2012 due to "football reasons". It created quite a stir as his omission was suspected to have had something to do with John Terry and his racial row with his brother Anton Ferdinand. But with Terry retiring suddenly last week, rumours have resurfaced about Ferdinand returning to the national team, so much that it made Roy Hodgson regrettably announced that Ferdinand’s international career is as good as over. …
Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Long Ball in the Premier League (With no mention of Madrid or Barca) | Stats

Earlier this week, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail wrote an article that was errrr a little lacking in context, to say the least. The article looked at statistics that Ashton believed would show that West Ham weren’t a long ball team, as they only used on average the same amount of long balls as Barcelona and Real Madrid use, which technically may be correct, but what it doesn’t tell us is how our beloved Hammers pass the ball much, much less …
Rafael's Promise | Stats comparison with Zabaleta & Ivanovic

Rafael's Promise | Stats comparison with Zabaleta & Ivanovic

It might still be early in the season, but Rafael’s contribution to Manchester United this season so far has not gone unnoticed. In his four appearances this season, he has scored a goal in every other game: a statistic more readily associated with a striker. Perhaps it's not just the goals, but the manner and importance of the goals, that’s got me putting him in the spotlight this week. Against Fulham, he scored what turned out to be the match-winning goal by showing …
The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

The Importance of Set Pieces | Stats Analysis

From crosses to counter attacks to set piece plays, there are countless ways for teams to score goals. But what could be a more direct and obvious way to score than from a dead ball situation? In this article, I would like to explore the significance of set piece plays from teams last season. How important were set piece plays in contributing to their goal tally and eventually, their standings in the league table? To start off, let us have …
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 …
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