Three Manchester United players who are below average in key areas

Marcos Rojo playing for Argentina

Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Tyler Blackett are all below average in key areas in the Premier League.

Manchester United have slowly and surely turned things around after a difficult start to the season.

United were mocked after early defeats, underlined by a heavy defeat away to the MK Dons in the League Cup.

However, Louis van Gaal added well in the transfer market and the results have started to improve which has allowed United to climb into the top four.

LvG will be keen for progress to continue and that means he’ll be looking at his players closely to see where some of his key stars can improve.

  DispossessedMins Played
Juan Mata 6 438
Average 3.73 332.47
  Accurate CrossMins Played
Marcos Rojo 0.25 360
Average 0.3 332.47
  Won TackleMins Played
Tyler Blackett 0.67 462
Average 1.07 332.47

One area Juan Mata won’t be at all pleased with his performances is the number of times he’s been dispossessed so far this season.

The Spanish international is one of the best players that United have in possession of the ball and he needs to decrease the number of times the opposition are getting to him, which will allow the side to retain pressure for much longer.

Marcos Rojo has done a great job since he was moved into the left centre-back role, but he’s arguably at his best when he plays as a left-back.

LvG is likely to revert him to that position at some point when key centre-backs return to fitness and availability, which means Rojo will have to switch back on in terms of his job as a full-back.

One of his main responsibilities will be to get forward and provide extra width and his crossing is an area which needs to improve in terms of his average.

Tyler Blackett is one of the centre-backs likely to return imminently and van Gaal will be keen for him to show a better tacking average in the Premier League.

One of the main responsibilities for any central defender is to be able to tackle well in key games to stop fast paced attacks in front of the back four, but also so Blackett can announce himself more prominently in a physical sense.

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