Top five facts from the Red Devils' 1-1 draw with Sunderland

Louis Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal continues his wait for a Premier League victory, after Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Sunderland.

Here are the top five stats from the weekend encounter between Man United and Sunderland:

1) Man United completed just two of the 19 crosses that they attempted on Sunday - a real sign of the forward's lack of ingenuity -  and despite the attacking talent at Louis Van Gaal's disposal, the team were only able to fashion a further five key passes. At full-time, despite having controlled 55% of possession, the visitors recorded just ten attempts at goal, compared to Sunderland's eleven. 

2) Antonio Valencia proved the turnover king at right-back, winning twelve of his total contests - more than any other player. He won six tackles throughout the match, whilst contributing with a further four defensive actions. He also proved integral in his side's goal, producing a rare moment of flair to beat his man-marker, before whipping a low cross in Juan Mata's path. 

3) Sunderland's Will Buckley completed an impressive five take-ons against United; more than Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia & Ashley Young combined (four). The former Brighton man certainly made an impression in just his second appearance for the Black Cats, giving Young all kinds of problems down the right-hand side.

4) Despite an abysmal showing, Tom Cleverley registered the highest number of touches in Sunday afternoon's encounter. The 25-year-old controlled possession on 91 occasions and played 82 passes in total, 74 of which were accurate (90% pass completion rate). 

5) Phil Jones put in an impressive performance in central-defence. The English youngster won 100% of his headed duels, 75% of his tackles and completed 93% of his attempted passes. He also weighed in with seven interceptions and eight clearances. His efforts proved a rare positive in a miserable display.

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