Manchester United 2-0 Cardiff City: Five interesting stats and Opta tables

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Manchester United got the Juan Mata era off to a positive start with a win over Cardiff.

Here are five notable stats from the game:

1) Manchester United and Cardiff both completed a higher percentage of passes in this match, than any other game this season.

TeamMatchMatchdayPass Completion %
Manchester United Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 88.77
Manchester United Man Utd vs Stoke 09 88.50
Manchester United Man Utd vs West Ham 17 88.10
Manchester United Hull vs Man Utd 18 86.22
Manchester United Man City vs Man Utd 05 86.19
TeamMatchMatchdayPass Completion %
Cardiff City Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 87.95
Cardiff City Cardiff vs West Ham 21 84.71
Cardiff City Fulham vs Cardiff 06 81.86
Cardiff City Man City vs Cardiff 22 81.18
Cardiff City Hull vs Cardiff 04 79.80

2) Juan Mata's four key passes in a single game, became the joint third highest individual display in that category this season among Manchester United players - putting himself among a cluster of players to have made that number in a match.

PlayerMatchMatchdayPosTotal Att Assist
Wayne Rooney Cardiff vs Man Utd 12 FW 9
Wayne Rooney Man Utd vs West Ham 17 FW 6
Patrice Evra Man Utd vs Stoke 09 DF 4
Patrice Evra Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 DF 4
Adnan Januzaj Man Utd vs Spurs 20 MF 4
Juan Mata Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 MF 4
Nani Man Utd vs West Brom 06 MF 4
Wayne Rooney Man Utd vs Crystal Palace 04 FW 4
Luis Antonio Valencia Aston Villa vs Man Utd 16 MF 4

3) Substitute Tom Cleverley made more tackles and interceptions in 19 minutes than the man he replaced, Ryan Giggs, did in central midfield during 71.

PlayerTeamPosWon TackleInterception WonTouchesMins
Tom Cleverley Man Utd MF 1 1 17 19
Ryan Giggs Man Utd MF 0 0 49 71

4) Cardiff City's Craig Bellamy made more accurate passes against Manchester United than he has done in any game this season.

PlayerMatchMatchdayAccurate PassMins
Craig Bellamy Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 49 90
Craig Bellamy Aston Villa vs Cardiff 11 40 82
Craig Bellamy Cardiff vs West Ham 21 29 45
Craig Bellamy Cardiff vs Everton 03 24 79
Craig Bellamy Cardiff vs Swansea 10 21 90

5) A returning Robin van Persie completed more successful dribbles against Cardiff than he has done in any United game in 2013/14.

PlayerMatchMatchdayWon ContestGoalsMins
Robin van Persie Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 3 1 63
Robin van Persie Fulham vs Man Utd 10 2 1 90
Robin van Persie Sunderland vs Man Utd 07 2 0 90
Robin van Persie Man Utd vs Arsenal 11 1 1 85

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