This stat will have Manchester United fans criticising Van Gaal again

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With Louis van Gaal facing criticism for the style of football played by Manchester United, one stat on Twitter could leave fans feeling miffed.

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United team may only be two points off the top of the Premier League with the best defensive record in the English top-flight but some Red Devils supporters are far from happy.

For many of these fans, the style of play witnessed during the Dutchman’s reign has been far from satisfactory.

The goal-scoring statistics certainly back such an assumption up, with United scoring just 17 goals in 12 league games so far this season.

To put that number in perspective: United have the worst goal-scoring record of the teams currently occupying the top seven places in the Premier League.

On a wider scale, just two sides within the Premier League’s top 10 have scored fewer goals this term.

Yet fresh statistics have highlighted just how dire their attacking displays have been and Manchester United fans of a nervous disposition may want to look away now.

Calculated by the Twitter user @DoctorFootie, these figures highlight both United’s defensive solidarity and bluntness in front of goal.

According to the figures collected, games involved Manchester United have featured the longest spells between shots at either end.

By contrast, second-place Arsenal boast the shortest with Gunners fans witnessing arguably the liveliest games in the Premier League so far this term.

So while United are certainly impressing defensively, it’s not proving pretty to watch by any means.

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