Stats - How does Dante compare to the rest of Man United's defence?

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How does reported Manchester United target Dante get on statistically against the club's current defenders.

Dante has been reported as a transfer target for Manchester United as David Moyes looks to sure up his defence with Rio Ferdinand not getting any younger and Nemanja Vidic potentially heading for the exit door this summer.

The Brazilian centre back has been a main stay in a Bayern Munich defence which has conceded just eight goals in Bundesliga football this season so if United do eventually move for him, it won’t be an easy deal for them to complete.

We’ve taken a look at how he compares to the current crop of United defenders in several key areas.

Accurate Passing Percentage

Dante has a successful passing percentage this season of 91.4% from league games which is greater than any player in the current United defence.

PlayerClubPosAccurate Passes Per GameAppsMins
Jonny Evans Man Utd DF 45.21 14 1,215
Fabio Man Utd DF 45.00 1 90
Rio Ferdinand Man Utd DF 43.14 7 630
Phil Jones Man Utd DF 37.57 14 1,207
Nemanja Vidic Man Utd DF 35.53 15 1,304
Rafael Man Utd DF 28.70 10 733
Patrice Evra Man Utd DF 28.33 21 1,830
Chris Smalling Man Utd DF 26.93 15 1,038
Alexander Büttner Man Utd DF 13.67 3 111

That suggests calmness, composure on the ball and good decision making under pressure.

Tackles Per Game

Dante has an average of 1.9 successful tackles per game which is again, superior to the current crop of United defenders.

PlayerClubPosSuccessful Tackles Per GameAppsMins
Alexander Büttner Man Utd DF 1.67 3 111
Chris Smalling Man Utd DF 1.67 15 1,038
Nemanja Vidic Man Utd DF 1.29 15 1,304
Patrice Evra Man Utd DF 1.26 21 1,830
Phil Jones Man Utd DF 1.21 14 1,207
Rio Ferdinand Man Utd DF 1.17 7 630
Jonny Evans Man Utd DF 1.14 14 1,215
Rafael Man Utd DF 1.14 10 733
Fabio Man Utd DF 1.00 1 90

His timing, and once again, decision making appears to be superb in the final third under pressure.

Aerial Duels Won

PlayerClubPosAerial Duels Won Per GameAppsMins
Nemanja Vidic Man Utd DF 4.13 15 1,304
Patrice Evra Man Utd DF 2.43 21 1,830
Jonny Evans Man Utd DF 2.29 14 1,215
Chris Smalling Man Utd DF 2.27 15 1,038
Rio Ferdinand Man Utd DF 1.86 7 630
Phil Jones Man Utd DF 1.86 14 1,207
Rafael Man Utd DF 0.80 10 733
Alexander Büttner Man Utd DF 0.33 3 111

Dante is winning 2.7 aerial duels per game in the Bundesliga, which puts him right in the mix with any of United’s defenders. Only Nemanja Vidic is winning more on average. However, that shouldn’t come as a major surprise because he’s six feet two inches tall.

Interceptions Won

One area where Dante is behind is in terms of interceptions, with 0.9, meaning only Chris Smalling and Alexander Buttner have worse figures in this area than the Brazilian.

PlayerClubPosInterceptions Per GameAppsMins
Phil Jones Man Utd DF 2.43 14 1,207
Rafael Man Utd DF 2.30 10 733
Nemanja Vidic Man Utd DF 1.93 15 1,304
Rio Ferdinand Man Utd DF 1.86 7 630
Patrice Evra Man Utd DF 1.57 21 1,830
Jonny Evans Man Utd DF 1.29 14 1,215
Chris Smalling Man Utd DF 0.80 15 1,038
Alexander Büttner Man Utd DF 0.33 3 111

Fouls

Dante is giving away 1.4 fouls per game on average this season.

PlayerClubPosFouls Conceded Per GameAppsMins
Phil Jones Man Utd DF 1.43 14 1,207
Alexander Büttner Man Utd DF 1.33 3 111
Patrice Evra Man Utd DF 1.14 21 1,830
Nemanja Vidic Man Utd DF 1.07 15 1,304
Fabio Man Utd DF 1.00 1 90
Rafael Man Utd DF 1.00 10 733
Chris Smalling Man Utd DF 0.80 15 1,038
Jonny Evans Man Utd DF 0.07 14 1,215

That suggests he’s as aggressive as anyone else in the Manchester United squad and right up there alongside Phil Jones, although Jones has played in midfield at times for United this season.

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