The Manchester United statistics that show the need to improve

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United were certainly lucky to overcome a good Brighton & Hove Albion side and the stats suggest they were perhaps luckier than many anticipated.

Although he was the hero in the end, Bruno Fernandes had a remarkably inconsistent match having played a role in four of the five goals scored.

United beat the home side 3-2 with the Portuguese midfielder netting the all-important winner in the last moment of the match.

Bruno conceded a penalty for Brighton’s first and lost his man for their second but he was the one who helped his team score their first and got the third himself.

Overall though the Red Devils were poor and benefitted from some remarkably poor finishing from the Seagulls as the stats below shows.

The expected goals stat isn’t even skewed given how both sides had penalties so it’s clear Brighton outplayed Manchester United.

They shot more, got more on target, created more than double the big chances, kept the ball and found each other better than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

It is certainly a concern but it’s just more evidence of how far behind United are in terms of their fitness and how they were outworked so it’s crucial it’s a problem addressed as soon as possible.

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