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Essential Manchester United FPL Stats | Attacking Numbers
The Glazers have responded to criticism by going shopping. Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho (£9.5m) put this team 2 pieces closer to challenging for 2nd place again. A quality central defensive midfielder would be a game-changer.
One of the concerns I have with Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) is that he provides almost no aerial threat. Man United had the 3rd highest cross completion, 5th most headed shots last season (93) and the 3rd most headed goals (15). Impressively, they did this with the 6th fewest crosses (639).
Greenwood does not compliment this element of United’s attack. He only has a 28.2% aerial duel success rate.
Where Greenwood does compliment United’s attack is with his dribbling and his shooting. He completed 0.45 dribbles that lead to a shot per 90 minutes, and 0.29 shots that lead to another shot.
Greenwood also has 7.35 progressive passes received (progressive passes are “completed passes that move the ball at least 10 yards from its furthest point in the last 6 passes), and 1.75 dribbles into the penalty area. All these stats mentioned are in the 70th percentile or above when compared to other attacking midfielders and wingers.
United’s joint 4th most through balls (34) should serve Greenwood well.
This is not to say he won’t also play in other matches. His risk, however, comes from his limitations.
Another thing working against Greenwood is that United created only 114 chances from their right compared to 127 from the centre and 173 from the left.
United are an efficient passing team, having the 5th best pass completion (84.8%), which only dropped to 83.4% in the final third. This led to the 2nd most assists last season (51).
Lastly, United’s expected goals (xG) Delta of 12.1 goals is something to keep in mind. In 2019/20 they scored 66 goals with an xG of 62.74. Last season their xG was 60.90, but they scored 73 goals.
United’s 4th most shots from corners (84) is a good sign for Luke Shaw (£5.5m), Harry Maguire (£5.5m), and Edinson Cavani (£8.5m) alike. They are good in the air at both ends of the field: they conceded the joint 4th fewest headed shots (66) last season.
Liverpool will have to be more careful in possession as only Fulham and Crystal Palace were dispossessed more times.
Essential Manchester United FPL Stats | Defensive Numbers
Not much of note here once again. Despite allowing Shaw to get forward while Maguire covers for him, United do not let that weaken them.
They maintain a balanced defence, conceding 112 chances from the left, 101 from the centre and 106 chances from the right.
As mentioned at the beginning, a quality CDM would help reduce United’s joint 3rd most errors leading to a chance (14) and would be a game-changer for this improving side.
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