Sorting out United's defensive issues should be Jose Mourinho's priority when domestic action resumes, as stats show how costly those lapses at the back are proving to be. After 12 Premier League games this season United are producing similar numbers to last year going forward, but the defensive record is a major area of concern and the primary reason they find themselves in eighth place. The derby defeat to City before the November international break has left United a dozen points off top spot, but they are scoring a similar number of goals to last season. The tally of 20 goals in 12 games matches up with the 68 they netted last season, although the conversion rate from shots has fallen from 20% to 17%. United are still making just over 500 passes per game on average and the same number of tackles, although they are winning 58% of tackles this season compared to 65% last year. Man Utd goals per game It's defensively where United's problems lie though. They conceded 28 times in the … [Read more...] about The stats that show why Man Utd are struggling in Premier League
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Ed Woodward insisted Jose Mourinho and his squad remain “fully united” despite a “mixed” start to the season. Speaking on a conference call after the release of Manchester United’s latest quarterly financial results, Woodward addressed the club’s eighth-placed position in the Premier League table.Last weekend’s loss to Manchester City again focused attention on Mourinho’s position as manager, but executive vice chairman Woodward said: “We remain well positioned in the Champions League.“Although we have had a mixed start in the Premier League, the squad and manager are fully united in their aim to improve the current position.”Woodward, meanwhile, maintained the club remain on track for record annual income despite a dip over the last three months.United’s revenue of £135million for what is termed the first quarter of 2019was down from £143.7million in the same period last year.Commercial and matchday … [Read more...] about Man Utd chief insists Jose Mourinho and players are “fully united”
By Darren Fletcher Former Manchester United midfielder 9 Nov From the section Premier League Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46144291 Read more about sharing. It is derby day in Manchester on Sunday and Darren Fletcher knows only too well how difficult a trip to Etihad Stadium can be.The former Manchester United midfielder was thrashed 7-2 there while playing for Stoke last season and, having experienced "one of the most difficult games of my career" that day, is well aware of how not to play against the champions.He is hardly the only one to have endured a difficult day at the Etihad though - City have only lost twice in 44 home Premier League games under Pep Guardiola, winning 33 of them and scoring 122 goals.But United are one of the two teams to have won there against Guardiola in the … [Read more...] about Man City v Man Utd: What it is like to face Pep Guardiola’s side
Manchester United's recent upturn of good form will face undoubtedly its toughest test of the entire season as they visit the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. Pep's side are top of the Premier League, two points clear of Chelsea in second and 9 points ahead of United in seventh, win for the blues would stretch that gap to 12 points. Despite City's dominance in the Premier League over the last 12 months or so, Mourinho's United managed to postpone City's title win in this fixture last season after a phenomenal 3-2 victory. City were 2-0 up after half an hour but French international Paul Pogba put in one of his best performances in a United shirt to score twice in two minutes in the second half. Chris Smalling netted the winner just after the hour. City, Chelsea and Liverpool remain the only three undefeated teams in the league and occupy the top three spots respectably, defeat for City on Sunday would almost certainly see them be leapfrogged by one of the other two sides. Which TV channel … [Read more...] about What channel is Man City vs Man Utd on? What time is kick-off?
Whatever other questions might persist both of Manchester United and Jose Mourinho - two once such impressive and dominant figures in club football - an ability to score late goals and win ugly still persists. The bare facts are that United have now collected 10 points from their last four games and, after Marcus Rashford’s winner here in added time, are now back in touching distance again of the top four. Morale is also lifting ahead of huge looming tests in the space of five days against Juventus and Manchester City, but there will still have to be a dramatic improvement in basic performance in those matches for the upturn to continue. Bournemouth had completely outplayed United for long periods of the first half and, while United did certainly finish strongest, you could see why they remain behind Eddie Howe's team in the Premier League table. Indeed, to understand the wider transformative difference of good management, both on and off the pitch, you only had to look at … [Read more...] about Marcus Rashford hits injury-time winner as Man Utd come from behind against Bournemouth