The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

The footballing philosophy of the 2012/13 Sir Alex Ferguson | Man Utd Tactics

[quote]"The diamond is seen as a little revolutionary because it goes against our history, but the level of the game in England and Europe is so high now that making yourself unpredictable is a strength. Teams will now have to think about whether we will play with two wide players or in the diamond because we have the players who are capable of doing both things. Players like Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley can play very well in the diamond, while …
EPLIndex Statistical Team of the Week - Premier League Matchday 7

EPLIndex Statistical Team of the Week - Premier League Matchday 7

End of another fascinating weekend of the Premier League and it's time to check out – EPLIndex’s Team of the Week using the EPLIndex.com’s Stats Centre (Subscribe for Access to the EPLIndex Stats Centre) This time 5 goal keepers managed to keep a clean sheet while we had as many as 34 goals scored by 33 different players (+ 1 own goal) so things became a lil too difficult this time! We've opted for a 4-4-2 this week - team is below with the reasons beneath! Joe …
The Value of Players with Top Final Third Passes | Stats Analysis

The Value of Players with Top Final Third Passes | Stats Analysis

We all have a good idea of who the most creative and clinical players are this current season and last season: players like David Silva, Juan Mata, Luka Modric and Robin Van Persie. By that we are referring to how good these players are at scoring goals, creating chances, contributing assists, putting in crosses etc. But let’s take a step back and find out, before they contribute to these seemingly important statistics, just how efficient they are in their teams as passers in the final …
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 Importance of Adebayor | Stats Comparison of Strikers From Top 6

The Importance of Adebayor | Stats Comparison of Strikers From Top 6

With two weeks to go until Tottenham face their season opener up at Newcastle, to say we are lightweight up front is an understatement. The only recognised strikers on the books are Jermain Defoe and the youngster Harry Kane. While I admired Spain playing with a false number 9 in the Euro’s, I don’t think it is realistic to expect Spurs to play it with the same level of impact! It has been widely reported that a deal for Adebayor …
Who Is The Most Two-Footed Shot Taker? Opta Stats Analysis

Who Is The Most Two-Footed Shot Taker? Opta Stats Analysis

[caption id="attachment_16861" align="alignleft" width="214" caption="Total Shots With Feet - Last 4 Seasons"][/caption] “Ambidexterity is the state of being equally adept in the use of both left and right appendages (such as the feet). It is one of the most famous varieties of cross-dominance. People that are naturally ambidextrous are rare, with only one out of one hundred people being naturally ambidextrous.The degree of versatility with each foot is generally the qualitative factor in determining a person's ambidexterity”. But who has been the …
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 …
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