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How Ineffective Was the Manchester United Midfield? …….And What About Marseille

Written by on February 25, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Manchester United

Here’s a look at the forward passes attempted and completed for Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Darron Gibson for Manchester United against Marseille and comparisons with the Marseille midfield three.

These statistics pretty much sum up a match in which neither team was particularly adventurous. The summary statistics for Manchester United’s trio was 20 successes out of 38 attempts (52%) and for Marseille 28 out of 44 (63%).The most adventurous was Charles Kabore who is probably the most defensive orientated player of the six.

The captions are only some of hundreds available through the Total Football – Champions League app.

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2 responses to “How Ineffective Was the Manchester United Midfield? …….And What About Marseille”

  1. Tim says:

    Man Utd. is a very different team without Valencia. My question: Is it more of Valencia’s absence or Rooney’s form that is hurting United. Assuming one is not comfortable with the way United are playing this season.

  2. With Valencia out it takes away the option of playing two out and out wide players – you are left with Nani switching wings. You make a good point about Valencia but there is definitely a problem in the centre of the midfield as well.

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