David Moyes reminded at the weekend that he has a flawed rearguard…
Manchester United twice came from behind at White Hart Lane to earn a draw against Tottenham Hotspur, take a point back to the North-West but, while Wayne Rooney's brace has earned punditry and managerial acclaim, there is one statistic that David Moyes will acutely be aware of in a month where he takes his Red Devils on three Premier League road trips.
Rooney is United's attacking heartbeat this season, of that there can be no question. And he is arguably their best performer… a feat underlined by his direct involvement in 59% of his club's Premier League goals this season as he has returned eight goals and five assists in the division.
He is also fast closing in on a Thierry Henry record, who scored 175 goals for a single club - Arsenal - the most single-club haul in the division (Rooney currently is on 149).
The attacking department needs little work, especially when third choice forward Danny Welbeck is an accomplished England international, Javier Hernandez has proven to be the substitute most capable of making an impact of all benched players in England and Moyes can still call upon £23m man Robin van Persie, when the Dutchman is not injured.
Moyes' defence, though, is not showing good form and the one statistic that highlights United's frailties is no doubt the following:
- In their last ten Premier League away games United have slipped 20 goals; a two goal concession per game average
- United have failed to keep a single sheet clean in that ten-game away run
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