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Stat highlights why Man United are far away from challenging for the Premier League

Stat highlights why Man United are far away from challenging for the Premier League

Man United vs Everton

Saturday’s early Premier League clash played out a short time ago.

Said game would pit Manchester United against Everton at Old Trafford. The former headed into the action looking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last weekend.

Everton, meanwhile, were facing, on paper, their toughest test of the Rafa Benitez era so far.

But, when all was said and done on Saturday, Everton likely came away the much happier of the two sides.

The first 45 was fairly uneventful, with Man United eventually opening the scoring thanks to a curling effort from Anthony Martial:

However, despite bringing on all of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Jadon Sancho in the second 45, the hosts were unable to add to their goal tally for the day.

And they would eventually be punished for this when the Toffees broke and equalised via Andros Townsend:

Man United nearing unwanted record

Following Townsend’s goal, a rather concerning stat has come to light.

As per Opta, Man United have conceded at least once in each of their last nine league matches at Old Trafford, their longest run of games without a clean sheet at home in the top-flight since February, 1971:

Teams who win the Premier League title, 99.9 per cent of the time, boast a superb defensive record both home and away, but especially at their own ground.

However, Man United are, as made clear by the stat above, some way off having a solid backline and, in turn, far away from realistically being ready to challenge for the Premier League.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Raphinha Leeds United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4