Manchester United have now drawn 8 of their last 12 Premier League games at Old Trafford following their 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
That, in other words, is a win percentage of 40%. Anybody trying to identify where the problems lie at Man United through statistical analysis needn’t look any further.
Victory over Tony Pulis’ men, along with wins against Everton and Sunderland, would have taken Jose Mourinho’s men into fourth spot with eight games to go.
As it stands, however, United will remain languishing outside the Champions League spots for some time, and will drop back into sixth if Arsenal beat Manchester City on Sunday.
Any team with anything less than a 60% win rate at home – let alone 50% – doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the top four at this level – or any level, in fact. It is only due to the continued fallibility of the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City that United still have an iota of hope when it comes to breaching the Champions League spots over the next few weeks.
This season has reached a point where every home game, especially against the likes of West Brom, is greeted with a sense of foreboding. With 60 minutes on the clock, the Old Trafford faithful knew exactly what they were in for. I had to stop myself from closing my laptop and chain-smoking until full time on numerous occasions.
This is a malaise that threatens to nullify all the progress engendered by Mourinho this season, and it could be responsible for defining whether the Portuguese’s time in Manchester is to be regarded as a success or failure in the future.