Stats Place Injured Pogba, Rashford Ahead Of Ighalo In Best Man Utd Starting XI This Season

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has used 28 players so far in the Premier League this season and we’ve got the ones who makes the strongest line-up according to the stats?

GK: David de Gea

De Gea isn’t as invincible as he once was, as evidenced by costly errors against Watford and Everton this season. Regardless, De Gea still has the seventh-best save percentage (71.3) in the division this term, and a clean sheet percentage of 27.6 is better than most of his peers in the top flight.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Wan-Bissaka has averaged 3.8 tackles per game in 2019/20, 1.6 more than second-placed Fred and the third-highest rate in the whole division. The former Crystal Palace man has also posted a team-high two interceptions per appearance.

CB: Victor Lindelof

An 85.6 per cent pass completion rate is better than any other United centre-back, and his 0.9 tackles per game ranks second only to Harry Maguire.

CB: Harry Maguire

The world’s most expensive centre-half is marginally behind Lindelof when it comes to pass completion (85.3%), chief among them are tackles (1.1 per game), interceptions (1.9) and clearances (4.5), while he’s also won more aerial duels than anyone but Jones.

LB: Luke Shaw

For now, though, Shaw remains United’s strongest option statistically. He averages more tackles (1.5 vs 1.3) and interceptions (one vs 0.8) per game than Williams, although the teenager narrowly holds the advantage when it comes to key passes (0.9 vs 0.8).

Shaw also has a better pass completion rate and makes more passes into the final third.

CM: Fred

Fred has made more interceptions (1.4 per match) and tackles (2.2) than any of his fellow midfielders, and is also a prolific dribbler, averaging three per outing.

He’s made more key passes this term than Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay, and also outshines the duo for passes into the final third and non-penalty expected goals plus expected assists.

CM: Paul Pogba

Although Pogba has been absent for much of the campaign through injury, the Frenchman has still shone when fit.

Pogba posts superior non-penalty expected goals plus expected assists figures to any of his midfield colleagues. He also tops the list for key passes per game with 2.3, while only Andreas Pereira outdoes him for assists – despite the fact the former Juventus man has made just seven appearances.

AM: Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes may have only arrived at Old Trafford in January, but the Portugal international has scored twice and provided three assists in six Premier League appearances, during which time he’s averaged 2.2 key passes per game, second only to Pogba in United’s squad.

RW: Mason Greenwood

The 18-year-old has averaged a very healthy 0.3 non-penalty xG per 90 minutes, and he’s also scored found the net more often than James and Mata combined.

ST: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has scored 11 goals and provided three assists this season, and his non-penalty xG of 0.36 is second only to Rashford’s.

Martial actually has a superior conversion rate to his Manchester-born colleague (20 vs 12.66), and averages 1.71 successful dribbles per 90.

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LW: Marcus Rashford

As well as scoring 14 goals and setting up four more, Rashford has a non-penalty xG of 0.46 per 90 minutes and has averaged 2.19 successful dribbles per 90 in 2019/20, more than any other United player.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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