In Europe, Manchester United are flying however their defeat to Arsenal on the weekend revealed extra painful Premier League stats concerning the faltering Pink Devils.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty proved to be the winner because the Gunners claimed their first Premier League win at Previous Trafford since 2006.
The spot-kick was the fifth United have conceded of their final seven Premier League matches at house – the earlier 5 coming over a 101-match interval.
However extra worryingly for United, they’re nonetheless ready for a primary top-flight win at house this season having not picked up three factors in any of their 4 clashes but.
The final time they failed to attain that was in 1972/73, a season that noticed them end 18th. They had been then relegated from the First Division the next 12 months.
Maybe what’s most worrying is the actual fact they’ve taken simply seven factors from their opening six league matches this season. It’s their lowest tally for the reason that 2013/14 season, when David Moyes was accountable for the membership.
However have Man United been that dangerous this season? talkSPORT.com has taken a have a look at the extra in-depth stats of FBref to see the place it’s all gone unsuitable for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer up to now this time period.
With a purpose to measure how good or dangerous 15th-placed Man United’s Premier League stats actually are, we’ve determined to check them to Liverpool as they’re at the moment prime of the desk and that’s the place the Pink Devils must be aiming for.
It must be famous that Liverpool have performed yet one more league match this season however few would dispute they’re the higher attacking aspect. They’ve scored 17 targets to Manchester United’s 9 within the league this time period.
In addition they have a longtime entrance three in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, whereas Diogo Jota has been in good kind in recently. Manchester United’s entrance line remains to be discovering its toes in its bid to turn into a formidable strike power and so they’ve not been helped by the actual fact Anthony Martial acquired a three-match ban for elevating his fingers at Erik Lamela final month.
And FBref’s extra in-depth stats clearly show Liverpool to be superior in each attacking division, most notably possessing greater than double anticipated targets per 90 minutes than the Pink Devils in 2020/21.
In defence is the place it will get attention-grabbing although. Rather a lot has been mentioned about whether or not Man United are adequate in that space, whereas Liverpool will most likely be with out star centre-back Virgil van Dijk for the remainder of the season.
Evaluating Man United with Liverpool has inadvertently labored fairly effectively as each side suffered humiliating defeats on the identical day, as United misplaced 6-1 at house to Tottenham, whereas the champions had been hit for seven by Aston Villa.
In the meantime, Jurgen Klopp’s males have additionally conceded 15 targets this season two greater than United.
And there are extra areas the place Man United come out on prime with extra tackles per 90 minutes, extra tackles in he defensive third, extra pressures within the defensive third, extra blocks, extra interceptions and fewer errors resulting in an opponent’s shot.
But it surely’s the tackles in defensive and attacking thirds in addition to the pressures in defensive and attacking third stats which reveal why there’s such a distinction between the 2 sides.
Man United make extra tackles and pressures on opponents within the defensive third than Liverpool however the Reds are a lot greater within the tackles and pressures on opponents in an attacking third.
Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Gegenpressing’ is not any secret and has undoubtedly been essential in the direction of Liverpool turning into one of many world’s greatest sides.
These stats recommend that there’s not a lot unsuitable with the United defenders. Nevertheless, Liverpool are clearly arrange higher.
Successful the ball within the attacking third not solely relieves the strain on the defenders however it is going to additionally inevitably result in extra alternatives to attain.
Liverpool clearly have extra high quality in assault however what’s extra spectacular is how Salah, Mane and Firmino work for the group.
To a person, United’s defence are much like that of Liverpool’s however they give the impression of being worse as a result of they’re considerably extra busy defending than their rivals.
The cliche teamwork makes the dream work has by no means been extra apt.