Thursday 14 December 2017

Wayne Rooney: Stats show just how poor Manchester United captain has been this season

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

Tom Sheen

Wayne Rooney has endured a terrible start to the season and was again criticised for his poor performance against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Manchester United struggling in a 0-0 draw.

It was the third game in a row in which United have failed to score, while Rooney himself has just two Premier League goals this season and no assists.

Louis van Gaal's team have created fewer chances than only two other clubs in the Premier League this season - and Sunderland and Aston Villa occupy the bottom two places in the table.


Stats reveal just how bad Rooney has been this year in the attacking third when compared to the previous three seasons.

As the infographic shows, Rooney is taking fewer shots per game than at any time since the beinning of the 12-13 season and of those shots he is converting fewer chances, less than 10 per cent in fact.

Rooney's goalscoring has completely dried up as well. For every 90 minutes played this season Rooney is scoring 0.20 goals, his lost mark in any of these four seasons. Last year that was 0.38, in 2013-14 it was 0.63 (when he scored 17 Premier League goals) and in 12-13 it was 0.54.

It's not as if he is helping other players either, completing just 31 passes per game, 11 less than last year; he is also only creating just one chance per game for his team-mates.

Anthony Martial has been moved out to the wing for the last three matches and has failed to score in any of them.

Stats and infographic supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game

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