Backwards step! Stats show Manchester United won't destroy Arsenal like they did

Manchester United's counter-attacking brilliance of yesteryear is unlikely to be a feature of their game at Arsenal if this season is anything to go by.

Manchester United fans will hope their recent history of positive results at The Emirates can be revived tonight, despite the form-book and Premier League table suggesting it's Arsenal who hold the advantage.

With the home crowd behind them too, the Gunners are strong favourites despite their weekend loss to Liverpool, and United need to invoke the spirit of previous sides.

United have recorded impressive wins at the stadium in recent season, momentously destroying the Gunners 3-1 in the Champions League semi-final, and by the same score in the Premier League a season later.

Both games featured superb counter-attacking goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, fast breaks timed to precision and perfection, easy on the eye and devastating to the Gunners.

Same again tonight? Don't bet on it.

This shocking statistic relating to the Premier League's top seven sides reveals Manchester United have not scored a single goal this season via a fast break. What's more, they have attempted the least, enough to count on one hand.

TeamAtt FastbreakGoal FastbreakGames
Liverpool 19 6 25
Manchester City 18 3 25
Tottenham Hotspur 13 3 25
Arsenal 12 3 25
Chelsea 11 2 26
Everton 6 1 25
Manchester United 4 0 25

Arsenal themselves have attempted three times as many fast breaks as United, and have three goals to show for it. With David Moyes' side focused on crossing the ball, expecting them to suddenly change their tactics to re-invent United's sides of the past is an unlikely expectation.

Further proof this United side has taken a backwards step? It's hard to argue against it.

image: © wonker

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