Saturday 29 April 2017

The galling statistic that proves Manchester United fans are not leaving to beat the traffic

Manchester United fans leave early during last weekend's victory over Sheffield United
Manchester United fans leave early during last weekend's victory over Sheffield United
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The most important statistic for Louis van Gaal ahead of Manchester United's trip to Newcastle tonight is one win in their last seven league games but another is very troubling for fans of the Red Devils.

Thousands of United fans streamed out of Old Trafford on Saturday evening as they watched their side struggle to break down Sheffield United in their FA Cup third round clash.

United ended an eight-match winless run by defeating Swansea 10 days ago and then followed that victory up with their late triumph over Sheffield United.

Those wins have merely papered over the cracks, however. The pressure is still on Van Gaal because of the often dull and uninspiring performances of his team.

The manager even offered the theory that traffic could have been to blame for the exodus by scores of supporters before Wayne Rooney's 93rd minute penalty on Saturday.

''They are not thinking that we would score, I think, and maybe also because of the traffic," he said.

This statistic might be a more accurate explanation for the sudden departure of so many supporters before the winner was scored last weekend.: The crowd at Old Trafford has witnessed the lowest number of goals of any of the 92 clubs in the Football League... just 16.

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