Footy Dressing Room

Data skills test

In Skills tests on November 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Manchester United have made a solid start to their Premier League campaign and find themselves in second place having played 12 games. Despite this early season form, there are still brewing concerns that United will be hindered by their defensive frailties.


United have surprisingly conceded two goals in 41.7% of their matches. If you add this figure to the percentage of games in which they have conceded three goals, the overall figure is 50%. For a team of United’s calibre, conceding two or more goals in half of your games is a huge disappointment. This has led to an increased pressure on the strike force to make up for the errors of the defence.


This is exactly what the United attack has achieved, scoring an impressive three or more goals in 58.4% of games. With these goal ratios, their defensive deficiencies go unnoticed.

However with Wayne Rooney currently on the treatment table, United have struggled to create chances which was most evident from their recent 1-0 defeat to Norwich.

Can United get back to winning ways this weekend and celebrate their third clean sheet this season?

For the latest on Rooney’s injury: http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11667/8257263/Manchester-United-hope-Wayne-Rooney-will-be-fit-to-face-Galatasaray

Match Report vs. Norwich: http://www1.skysports.com/football/live/match/261676

Alex Ferguson puzzled by United’s defence: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4606188/Alex-Ferguson-cant-explain-Man-Utds-poor-starts-this-term.html
http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/sports/72269.html

Data sourced from SoccerStats: http://www.soccerstats.com/team.asp?league=england&teamid=8

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