Thursday 19 October 2017

Revealed - The alarming statistics that confirm Man United need more scoring power

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United Jose Mourinho bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge following their 0-0 draw against Hull on Wednesday night and some statistics back up his gripes after a season of frustration.

Mourinho has criticised his misfiring strikers over the course of this season, with six draws at their Old Trafford home one of the primary reasons why they are sitting sixth in the table and a massive 14 points behind leaders Chelsea.

United have scored just 33 goals in their 23 Premier League matches this season, which is 12 less than any of their top six rivals and the miserable statistics for Mourinho do not stop there.

United have missed 29 clear cut chances in front of goal this season, which is more than any other team in the league, while they have converted a pretty dreadful 8.4 per-cent of their 391 shots into goals.

While Zlatan Ibrahimovic has contributed 14 goals for United so far this season, their next highest scoring striker is Marcus Rashford with just three goals. Meanwhile, skipper Wayne Rooney and the out-of-favour Anthony Martial have scored just two league goals all season.

“Against Stoke we could have won by five or six, but we draw 1-1,” reflects Mourinho. “Against Burnley we could have scored five or six, but we draw, while against Arsenal, we could have scored two or three, but we draw again.

“Then against Hull, we have the same story. A lot of things that happened today on the pitch, I have a feeling of déjà vu and déjà vu a lot of times during the season.

“Sometimes you can saw it was unlucky or the goal keeper did an amazing save, but sometimes you have to say you should score.”

United are expected to make a move to sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann next summer, with Mourinho clearly lacking confidence in their strikers he has been working with at the club this season.

He will be hoping his forward banish their scoring problems when they take on struggling Premier League champions Leicester on Sunday.

Most shots in the Premier League this season

1. Tottenham - 404

2. Manchester United - 391

3. Liverpool - 388

4. Manchester City - 368

5. Arsenal - 363

Hit the woodwork most

1. Manchester United - 16

2. Bournemouth - 14

3. Manchester City - 12

4. Tottenham - 12

5. Arsenal, Liverpool, Stoke -11

Big chances missed

1. Manchester United - 29

2. Arsenal - 23

3. Liverpool - 23

4. Manchester City - 21

5. Chelsea - 20

Shots per game

1. Tottenham - 17.6

2. Manchester United - 17

3. Liverpool - 16.9

4. Manchester City - 16

5. Arsenal - 15.8

* Statistics from www.premierleague.com

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