Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Liverpool delivered another crushing blow to the wilting reputation of their fierce north-west rivals, making an emphatic statement of intent along the way in an incredibly closely run title race. A tactical contest comfortably won by Brendan Rodgers saw his side awarded three penalties, in a game which could have seen five or six in total. Manchester United David Moyes went with a 4-2-3-1 and arguably his strongest line-up, a dangerous front four of Mata, Januzaj, Rooney and Van Persie …
Manchester United vs Liverpool | The Key Battles | Stats

Manchester United vs Liverpool | The Key Battles | Stats

Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to arch rivals Man United on Sunday afternoon in what is still highly regarded as the top fixture in the Premier League. With much more than just bragging rights on stake, a win for either team would be huge in regards to not only the three points on the day, but improved morale and momentum going into the last few games of the season. These fierce enemies have seen their fortunes turn somewhat this season …
Manchester United: What's changed? Player Performance Analysis v 12/13

Manchester United: What's changed? Player Performance Analysis v 12/13

My statistical prediction model of EPL results did something a little unexpected this week. With some caveats around van Persie and whether or not he was fit, its odds gave a high likelihood of Newcastle beating Manchester United at Old Trafford. We all know how the game turned out and that Manchester United - by their usual standards - have had a very poor start to the season. For this post I want to see if we can find some …
Evans - A Steady Rise to Prominence?

Evans - A Steady Rise to Prominence?

Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are starting to show the fans that they are the future of this great football club. More noticeably, the former is a Manchester United academy product - one that we can gloat about. Every  football club has a player that surpasses or finally lives up to the expectations. In Jonny Evans, Manchester United has the former. A Manchester United youth graduate who has everything that a defender requires: two good feet, good awareness, commanding and …
David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

David Moyes' Manchester United | Stats Analysis of Team In Transition

There was much change at Old Trafford during the summer. For the first time in over twenty-five years, Manchester United began the season without Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. What has followed has been United’s worst start in the league for twenty-four years. Whilst it was evident that the transition period would not be perfect, United fans would have expected more than ninth place with only ten points after seven games. Critics have stated that Champions League qualification would be …
Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Manchester United's crucial weekend | Tactical Analysis

Wayne Rooney made a bold statement  that if there’s one team that he wants to beat this season, it’s Sunderland. Despite beating Sunderland 1-0 in the final game of last season, Manchester City’s comeback against QPR ensured the Premier League trophy went to the blue half of Manchester. In what was a tense and nervy wait for the United players it was the Sunderland fans who delivered the news that City had won the title with ironic cheers that irked …
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 …
Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Tottenham v Man Utd | Statistical Match Preview | Can Spurs do the Double?

Two out of the EPL’s top three in-form sides face each other on Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be looking for a remarkable “double” over United – something that hasn't happened since the 1989-1990 season – after their gritty 3-2 win back in September at Old Trafford. Sitting in 4th place and an overwhelming 15 points behind Sunday’s opponents, Manchester United, a title challenge is all but over for Spurs. But with …