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Man Utd v Spurs: The stats that show Rooney is not Utd’s best striker and Spurs would struggle without Kane

Three points, Liverpool and 14 goals. That’s all that separates Spurs and United going into Sunday’s game. After the psychological blow dealt by Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal, the pressure is really on Louis Van Gaal and his men to perform this weekend.

by David Lyons | March 13, 2015

We’re checking out the stats in this game to see how this might play out. We’d never boast or anything, but in the last couple of weeks we’ve called PSG to knock out Chelsea, a card fest to be seen between United and Arsenal, and Arsenal to struggle to beat Monaco… Just sayin’.

This weekend sees the battle of a one man team against a team riddled with under-performing Gaalacticos. The old Bale FC is now firmly Kane FC, and the latter has scored 16 goals to have Tottenham pushing for a Champions League spot.

United on the other hand have a manager who has said he doesn’t have a 20 goal per season striker. At the same time he named Rooney, RVP and Falcao in his match day squad. There are no words.

This fixture has always brought us crackers topped with controversy. From United winning 5-3 after being 3 nil down at half time, the 0-0 with Mendes’ ghost goal and another vintage United come-from-behind performance in ’99 to steal the title from Arsenal on the last day of the season. To date, the record in the league reads:

  • 76 United wins
  • 42 draws
  • 37 Tottenham wins

Lately it has been Spurs who have been the dominant force as they ended a 23 year wait for a victory at Old Trafford with a 3-2 win in September 2012. The Red Devils are without a win in the last five attempts against Spurs. The last six games between the two sides have given us:

  • 18 goals evenly split
  • 22 yellow cards but no red cards
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Both teams go into this game having only lost one of their previous six league games, with Tottenham hoping to make the top four for the first time since 2012. Pochettino has worked miracles in London, with Kane on fire, and he’s managed to get Soldado and Adebayor to chip in with the odd goal.

If it wasn’t for Kane carrying Spurs on his shoulders all season, Spurs could easily have found themselves in the bottom half of the table. They have conceded the same number of goals as Sunderland in 16th and one more than Villa in 17th.

Surprisingly amidst all their defensive woes, United have the fourth best defence in the league, and for a team with miss-firing strikers, they have only scored 10 goals less than league leaders Chelsea. Perhaps we have been over critical on a team that has five new players and a new manager. According to the league table there have been clear improvements on last season, and United are rightly sitting in fourth on merit.

It may not be pretty to watch, but when Mourinho arrived at Chelsea he was praised for being able to grind out results. The sign of a championship winning team we were told.


Here’s two interesting statistics to leave you with: Falcao never assisted more than once in his previous three seasons, yet at United he’s got four assists. He has played less than half the number of minutes that Rooney has played and has four goals to Rooney’s 10, and he has the same number of assists.

Basically Falcao will give you a goal or an assist every 125 minutes. Rooney is 150 minutes and RVP has a goal or assist every 166 minutes. The United fans are right to sing his song every game when he’s wasting away on the bench!

There is much more at stake for United than Spurs in this game, especially with games against Chelsea, Liverpool and the small matter of the Manchester derby yet to come. If Falcao does get the nod from LVG, United to win and Falcao to score is 3/1

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