Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United career is at an all time low and there are suggestions about Zidane waiting in the wings to take charge at the Old Trafford hot seat if United fails to pick up any form in the ear future.
We have gathered some damning Statistics for Manchester United under José Mourinho in 2018-19 (Credits to @AMKfootball Twitter handle)
26% – Only 26% of Manchester United’s attacking possession occurs in the opposition third of the pitch which ranks them 16th in the league.
Struggling to Enter the Box
60% – Only 60% of Manchester United’s shots have come from inside the box which ranks them 14th in the league.
Easy Access for the Opponent
10% – From the shots Manchester United have conceded, 10% of them have occurred in their own 6-yard box which ranks them 17th in the league.
This rises to 14% away from home which ranks them 19th in the league with only Newcastle United being worse.
Difficult Access at Home
4% – Only 4% of shots for Manchester United at Old Trafford have come in the 6-yard box which ranks them 16th in the league.
56% – At Old Trafford, only 56% of shots from Manchester United occur in the opposition box which ranks them 15th in the league.
Open Play Difficulty
5 – Manchester United have only scored 5 goals from open play with the other 5 coming from set pieces.
As a result, this ranks them joint 13th in the league.
7 – Manchester United have conceded 7 goals from open play which ranks them 14th in the league.
In fact, they have conceded more from open play than they have scored.
A Lack of Precision and Runners
0 – Despite playing the majority of the time in the middle of the pitch, Manchester United have not played a single through ball to goal in open play all season.
This indicates a lack of precision passes as well as a lack of direct runners.
Lack of Chances Created
67 – Manchester United have created 67 chances this season which ranks them 8th in the league.
Long Ball Galore
92 – In the final 15 minutes per game, Manchester United have played 92 long balls with 42 being accurate. Only West Ham have attempted more.
In addition, they have completed more long balls (247) than any other team in the Premier League this season.
91 – Manchester United have made 91 tackles in the Premier League this season which ranks them 16th in that regard.
62 – Also, they have only made 62 interceptions which ranks them 17th.
This season, Manchester United, despite averaging 55% possession, have struggled to utilise such possession effectively. Rather, they are tactically restricted to the middle of the pitch offering no runners or precision passes.
Moreover, they have been defensively poor in that they have not won or made many tackles or interceptions and have, as a result of poor defending, conceded too many goals in their own 6-yard box.
A team with the likes of David de Gea, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic should be much better defensively and with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sánchez, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku should be much better offensively.
Nevertheless, they find themselves with a lack of identity, style-of-play, charisma, pride and fundamental basics on the pitch. It’s been 2½ years since José Mourinho became manager of Manchester United and it could be nearing to an end
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