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The stats don't lie - Seven ways Manchester United have gotten worse under Louis van Gaal

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Louis van Gaal's record so far is the same as David Moyes'

Louis van Gaal has the same number of points in his first 21 games as David Moyes - but in many other ways, his side his actually performing worse than last season. These stats don't make good reading for United fans.

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GOALS SCORED

Despite the vast amount of cash splurged by Louis van Gaal in the summer on new attacking talent - with Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao joining the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie at Old Trafford - the goals return has actually been slightly less than under David Moyes last season. The margin might just be a single goal, but for all that expenditure, Van Gaal might have expected a better return.

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SHOTS ON GOAL

Similarly, United appear to be slightly more restrained under Van Gaal - for all his reputation as a coach determined to commit to all-out attack. United have had fewer shots on goal in the Premier League in their first 21 games of the season than under Moyes and, additionally, fewer of them have been on target: 47.2% of United's shots in 2013-14 were on target, compared to 46.2% this season.

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PASSES IN FINAL THIRD

Overall, Van Gaal's side has passed the ball more than Moyes' team - with 11,465 passes played compared to 10,306 - but not in the area that matters most, the final third. United produced 100 more passes in the final third under the Scot in his first 21 games.

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PERCENTAGE OF LONG PASSES 

Again, it is slightly surprising to find that Van Gaal's side play a greater percentage of long passes than Moyes' team - despite the Scot's reputation for direct football which 'betrayed' United's passing traditions. Almost 13 per cent of the passes played by United this season have been long, compared to just 11 per cent under Moyes.

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TOTAL CROSSES

Another key part of United's heritage is their readiness to get the ball wide and ping crosses into the box - and once again Van Gaal's side come off worse compared to Moyes's team. The Scot saw his time produce over 50 more crosses in their first 21 games last season than Van Gaal has done this term.

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PERCENTAGE OF TACKLES WON

It is not just in attack that United's standards have dipped under Van Gaal. They are also winning fewer tackles under their Dutch coach compared to under Van Gaal: this season, they have won 75.7% of tackles in Premier League games; last year, in the same period, it was 79.1%.

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FOULS CONCEDED

Discipline has also taken a dent in the Van Gaal era. United have conceded 17 more fouls this season than they did in the equivalent period under David Moyes, and have also earned more red cards - three this season, compared to just one last year.

Telegraph.co.uk