Analysis

The Data Day: Manchester United v Chelsea

We take a look at the statistics from yesterday’s draw at Old Trafford…

Three of our 17 shots were on target: Toni Rudiger’s which David De Gea spilled, Marcos Alonso’s follow-up goal, and Gonzalo Higuain’s shots in the final seconds.

Six of our attempts were blocked, with the rest off target. Five of Manchester United’s seven efforts were on target.

Higuain and Eric Bailly had three attempts apiece.

We had a 48.2 per cent share of possession, with Eden Hazard and Jorginho spending the most time on ball for us (5.3 per cent).

Our passing success rate was 86 per cent, marginally better than Man Utd’s 84 per cent. We completed 359 of our 417 passes.


Jorginho made the most passes for us with 49, followed by David Luiz who made 46. Mateo Kovacic was the most accurate Chelsea passer, finding a team-mate 93 per cent of the time.

Willian, Hazard, Pedro and N’Golo Kante all recorded two key passes, a joint-high figure.

Our scorer Marcos Alonso had the most touches for us with 83. Only Nemanja Matic (with 88) had more.

Juan Mata became the second player to score for both Chelsea and Man United in Premier League meetings between the sides, after Mark Hughes did it in the 1990s.

As is so often the case Hazard was successful with more dribbles than anyone else on the pitch, on this occasion six. Kovacic completed four, one more than Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. 

As well as scoring Alonso won three aerial duels - the same number as David Luiz and Matic - and registered a game-high six clearances.

Cesar Azpilicueta was the top tackler on the pitch with four successful challenges, while nobody bettered Jorginho’s five interceptions.

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