Manchester United slumped to their third 0-0 defeat in a row, all whilst playing football that has the ability to put you to sleep. Louis van Gaal’s side struggled to break down a Crystal Palace team, and these following statistics sum up exactly why the game wasn’t won:
Manchester United’s game by numbers:
Four take-ons completed.
Three chances created.
Three crosses completed.
One shot on target.
These obviously aren’t great. The fact that only four take-ons were completed just shows how safe Louis van Gaal likes his team to play. Players like Anthony Martial and Ander Herrera are seemingly being held back and not being allowed to unleash their true talent.
The worst one of all has to be the one shot on target. A team of Manchester United’s calibre, who should be challenging for silverware having just one shot on target away at a team who are probably going to finish mid-table in the Premier League.