‘Lump it long’ would not be an approach you would normally associate with Manchester United.
It is not even one you would pin on them this season, with the likes of Michael Carrick bringing a touch of class to midfield and summer arrivals such as Angel di Maria and Daley Blind comfortable in possession.
Only one side, struggling Burnley, have favoured route one on more occasions than Louis van Gaal’s side.
It is a tactic which appears to be working, with United having played considerably more successful long balls than any other side.
They do not have a traditional target man up top, though, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao more about clever movement than physical battles with no-nonsense centre-halves.
Perhaps the passing ability within the United ranks means they are able to go direct with greater accuracy than their rivals, with long balls delivered to feet rather than chests and heads.
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Looking at those towards the opposite end of the scale, four sides renowned for the emphasis they place on keeping the ball on the deck occupy the bottom four spots.
Arsene Wenger is not about to desert his tiki-taka approach at Arsenal, while Swansea City have favoured a similar style throughout the reigns of Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk.
Manchester City and Chelsea, meanwhile, have invested heavily on some of the finest players on the planet and you would expect that the millions they have spent would deliver a brand of football that is pleasing on the eye.