West Brom and Aston Villa stars put Manchester United to shame

As David Moyes' side sent in cross after cross, two teams elsewhere in the Premier League were far more effective.

Manchester United's 81 crosses against Fulham is already a much-discussed Premier League season record.

Yet in terms of accurate crosses no single player topped the charts for the weekend.

Stars from West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa delivered more accurate crosses than any Manchester United player, despite their team attempting far less.

Here are the details:

PlayerTeamAccurate CrossMins
Chris Brunt West Brom 7 90
Marc Albrighton Aston Villa 6 34
Patrice Evra Man Utd 5 90
Adnan Januzaj Man Utd 5 28
Jesús Navas Man City 4 90

Staggeringly, in the case of Albrighton, he was on the pitch just 34 minutes against West Ham, yet still managed to be more precise than any United man, although Adnan Januzaj deserves credit for mustering the joint highest number of accurate crosses than any Red Devil from his own appearance off the bench.

Name Total Cross Accurate Cross (Accurate Cross / Total Cross) * 100
Manchester United811822.22
Aston Villa43716.28
Manchester City39923.08
Hull City29724.14
Swansea City25728.00
West Bromwich Albion24833.33

The table above shows Aston Villa need to work hard themselves, with Albrighton delivering six out of seven of his team's accurate crosses, while for West Brom, it was Chris Brunt who made seven of their eight.United as a team delivered more accurate crosses than anybody, but that's to be expected from almost twice the number of attempts as the nearest team. Albrighton and Brunt's achievements look all the more impressive.

Sadly for each team, their players' 'achievements' were even more hollow than that of United's players - with West Brom  losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace and Aston Villa 0-2 to West Ham. The performances of Albrighton and Brunt are however at least positives to take and build upon.

Perhaps David Moyes will put in a couple of bids over the summer...

image: © Tony Hisgett

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