Saturday 24 February 2018

Manchester United are top of the table...but not the one Jose Mourinho might want

Manchester United have more bookings than any other team in the Premier League
Manchester United have more bookings than any other team in the Premier League
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United make a somewhat surprising appearance at the top of the table identifying the teams that have collected the most yellow cards in the Premier League this season.

United have found a winning formula after a run of seven straight wins in all competitions following a difficult start to the season and boss Jose Mourinho also seems to have injected some grit into his line-up after succeeding Louis van Gaal as the club’s manager last summer.

While United do not appear to be among the more dirty teams in the Premier League, the 46 yellow cards handed out to Mourinho’s players suggest they are among the more combative teams in the English top flight.

Watford, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion are just behind United in the table, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool among the teams at the bottom end of the list.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have picked up just 30 yellow cards, with relegation strugglers Swansea bottom of the table with 28 cautions.

Watford are top of the chart detailing the most fouls committed in the Premier League so far this season, committing 273 fouls in their first 19 games.

Yet United are not far behind the Hornets in those statistics, after being found guilty of committing 260 fouls in their first 20 matches.

Manchester City also appear to have a discipline problem after their midfielder Fernandinho was sent off for a third time this season in Monday’s tense 2-1 win against Burnley at the Etihad Stadium.

That ensured that City top the Premier League statistics for red cards, with manager Pep Guardiola seeing four of his players dismissed so far this season, as well as two more in the Champions League.

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