The stat which proves Moyes wrong to drop Januzaj, and MUST start him v Arsenal

Manchester United's woeful crossing against Fulham at least highlighted who is better than most.

81 crosses, we won't dwell on that astronomical figure, but we will concentrate on why the 2-2 draw proved Manchester United have to start Adnan Januzaj in midweek.

Amid their woeful attempts, the success of the 19-year-old stood out, as the only midfielder to make more than three successful crosses.

This, despite the fact he only came on as a late substitute and played under half an hour.

PlayerTeamTotal CrossAccurate CrossCrossing Accuracy %Mins
Patrice Evra Man Utd 14 5 35.71 90
Adnan Januzaj Man Utd 12 5 41.67 28
Juan Mata Man Utd 11 3 27.27 90
Darren Fletcher Man Utd 2 1 50.00 62
Rafael Man Utd 10 1 10.00 69
Wayne Rooney Man Utd 12 1 8.33 90
Ashley Young Man Utd 15 1 6.67 69
Robin van Persie Man Utd 2 1 50.00 90
Michael Carrick Man Utd 1 0 0.00 90
Chris Smalling Man Utd 1 0 0.00 90
Luis Antonio Valencia Man Utd 1 0 0.00 21

The player preferred to Januzaj, Ashley Young, is put to shame by the youngster's contribution.

The England international attempted 15 crosses and saw only one reach it's intended target, a woeful accuracy of 6.67 per cent.

Januzaj was the team leader in terms of accurate crosses, while Patrice Evra also made five successful crosses, he did so from two more attempts and in almost 70 minutes more time than the wonderkid.

United play an Arsenal side who in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have made more than 180 headed clearances along between them all season.

If United are to stand a chance, based on their tactics at the weekend they need their best crosser of the ball in the side, plain and simple.

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