James York for Statsbomb:
Meanwhile! A remarkably similar run of results (loads of wins followed by three goalless defeats) has inflicted doubt amongst the Man Utd faithful. The return of treacle-footed former hitman Van Persie made scapegoating an easy job here but by my reckoning, in a sample of well over 2000 matches since 2009-10, I can only find four occasions in which a home team had at least as many shots as Man Utd did on Saturday, failed to score and lost. This was a freak result in the finest Pulis tradition and although it appears that Utd’s positive skew from the run of big match wins has faded a little, their underlying numbers still reflect a very solid team that has improved over time.
Great piece and a good reminder of not judging a team by results only. Especially only one result. If they spend money in the summer Manchester United will be safely in the top four and could even compete for the title.