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 …
Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United's New Midfield Maestro | Stats

Sir Alex Ferguson has completed the signing of Shinji Kagawa and the Japanese international has officially joined the stable of premier attacking options at Old Trafford.  Our own @RedMancunia touched briefly on the quality of Manchester United's wingers as compared to the rest of the league in his post here, and the addition of Kagawa to the mix should only increase the depth of attacking options already at Ferguson's disposal.  Kagawa will also add another option in the centre of …
Low's Gamble Pays off | Germany Euro 2012 Stats

Low's Gamble Pays off | Germany Euro 2012 Stats

Germany got off to an uninspiring start at Euro 2012 against a well organised but toothless Portugal. Jogi Low opted to start Mario Gomez and Mats Hummels ahead of Miroslav Klose and Per Mertesacker. Gomez was rather quiet and accused of laziness by some, but he is capable of pulling a goal from nowhere and his header into the far corner of Rui Patricio's net was inch-perfect. Boateng started at right-back and performed well against Cristiano Ronaldo, who yet again …
Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

There is no denying that Robin van Persie experienced a career year this season. At age 28 he played his first injury free Premier League campaign, leading the league in goals and kept Arsenal in the top 4 with his impressive form.  In the following pages we'll take a look at the Dutch forward compared to the rest of the Arsenal squad, looking at the team's total numbers as well as their numbers once van Persie is discounted. We'll also examine the …
Is Antonio Valencia Lacking Confidence?

Is Antonio Valencia Lacking Confidence?

In the summer of 2009, the same summer that Cristiano Ronaldo departed, Manchester United signed an Ecuadorian winger from Wigan Athletic for a reported fee of £17million. Manchester United signed Antonio Valencia, a winger who was quick and confident and that form was subsequently continued, if not bettered, for Manchester United. He is now into the 3rd season of his Manchester United career and after 2 pretty bad injuries, his form and his confidence does not appear to be as …
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 …
Chelsea v Man United | An Analysis

Chelsea v Man United | An Analysis

When looking back at the 2010-2011 season there was only one real stand out match for Chelsea which was positive, the home fixture against Manchester United. This fixture was the start of a small turn-around in the season, a lift that was needed for us to at least challenge for the title, in fact at half time in this fixture we were 18 points adrift of our opposition, the next time we faced them we closed down that deficit to …
Nani Vs Silva Stats Comparison

Nani Vs Silva Stats Comparison

  David Silva has received praise from all quarters this season for his performances and rightly so. He has lighted up the English Premier League with his passing ability which has left many defences dumbstruck. On the other hand Luis Nani has been under the radar for most of the season. But a closer look at the two players and their stats show that Nani has been equally, if not more effective, as Davis Silva. Firstly lets study how both …
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