Manchester United: 9 stats you need to know this season

Angel Di Maria

A collection of the top stats of Manchester United’s Premier League campaign so far, featuring Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney

Angel di Maria leads Manchester United’s assist record in the Premier League so far this season, with Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao second and third respectively. However, only one of Di Maria’s six assists was intentional.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistGoal Assist IntentionalAppearancesMins Played
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 6 1 12 867
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 4 4 15 1,307
Falcao FW Man Utd 3 2 11 540
Ander Herrera MF Man Utd 3 2 9 598
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 3 3 16 1,232

Argentina international winger Di Maria has also created the most number of chances among the United players, while Falcao has created more big chances than Ashley Young and Ander Herrera.

  PositionTeamKey PassesBig Chance CreatedAppearancesMins Played
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 31 8 12 867
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 24 6 16 1,232
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 21 4 15 1,307
Robin van Persie FW Man Utd 19 4 18 1,504
Ander Herrera MF Man Utd 12 1 9 598
Ashley Young MF Man Utd 11 0 12 987
Antonio Valencia MF Man Utd 10 1 15 1,111
Falcao FW Man Utd 10 2 11 540

United manager Louis van Gaal has preferred James Wilson to Falcao on occasions, but the former has had more shots off target than the Colombian striker.

  PositionTeamTotal ShotsShots on TargetShot Off TargetAppearancesMins Played
Robin van Persie FW Man Utd 48 25 18 18 1,504
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 39 13 12 15 1,307
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 37 13 11 12 867
Falcao FW Man Utd 20 10 6 11 540
Marouane Fellaini MF Man Utd 16 8 7 11 799
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 16 7 6 16 1,232
Adnan Januzaj MF Man Utd 14 1 10 10 409

Tom Cleverley, now on loan at Aston Villa, had 92 touches in one league appearance for United. But on average, defender Marcos Rojo seems to see more of the ball than any of the first-team regulars.

  PositionTeamTouches/GamesAppearancesMins Played
Tom Cleverley MF Man Utd 92 1 90
Marcos Rojo DF Man Utd 85.3 10 866
Daley Blind MF Man Utd 80.63 8 720
Phil Jones DF Man Utd 75.75 8 719
Jonny Evans DF Man Utd 73.25 8 624
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 70.27 15 1,307

Of the four United players who have played more than 1000 minutes in the Premier League so far this term, Rooney has been dispossessed the most on an average.

  PositionTeamDispossessed/GameAppearancesMins Played
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 2.07 15 1,307
Robin van Persie FW Man Utd 1.67 18 1,504
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 1 16 1,232
Antonio Valencia MF Man Utd 0.47 15 1,111

Midfielder Daley Blind has been criticised at times for not always playing forward passes, but it seems that he has been better in that department than many of his teammates.

  PositionTeamFwd Pass/GameBackward PassAppearancesMins Played
Daley Blind MF Man Utd 14.75 55 8 720
Ander Herrera MF Man Utd 14.11 89 9 598
Marouane Fellaini MF Man Utd 10.73 113 11 799
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 10.25 86 12 867
Juan Mata MF Man Utd 8.38 166 16 1,232
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 7.27 197 15 1,307

Summer signing Rojo appears to have given more passes per game than any of his teammates.

  PositionTeamTotal Pass GAMEAccurate Pass GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Marcos Rojo DF Man Utd 67.6 59 10 866
Daley Blind MF Man Utd 66.13 59.63 8 720
Jonny Evans DF Man Utd 62.88 53.13 8 624
Michael Carrick MF Man Utd 61.1 55 10 829
Phil Jones DF Man Utd 57.5 49.63 8 719

Di Maria certainly attempts more dribbles than any of his United teammates, but Ashley Young seems to do better when it comes to dribbles attempted to dribbles won ratio.

  PositionTeamTotal DribblesDribbles WonOverrunAppearancesMins Played
Ángel Di María MF Man Utd 57 22 5 12 867
Robin van Persie FW Man Utd 35 18 2 18 1,504
Ashley Young MF Man Utd 34 20 2 12 987
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 33 19 4 15 1,307
Antonio Valencia MF Man Utd 23 15 2 15 1,111

Marouane Fellaini has won more tackles per game among the United players.

  PositionTeamTotal Tackle GAMEWon Tackle GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Marouane Fellaini MF Man Utd 3.27 2.73 11 799
Antonio Valencia MF Man Utd 3.2 2.47 15 1,111
Daley Blind MF Man Utd 2.88 2.25 8 720
Jonny Evans DF Man Utd 2.63 1.75 8 624
Marcos Rojo DF Man Utd 2.6 1.6 10 866

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