Yesterday, Nani revealed that he might not be leaving Manchester United this summer, as most people had expected. This news was met with disappointment from plenty of reds, with his poor form last season leading people to believe he'd had enough chances at the club.
He didn't play well in 2012/2013, although he suffered from injuries and wasn't given a regular run in the team even when fit.
This season has been a disappointing one for our wingers with Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young all struggling for fitness and good form. Last season Valencia was voted player of the season by his team mates and the fans, whilst Nani was voted player of the season by his team mates the year before, yet neither have set the world alight this season.
A few days ago on Twitter I asked Kansas City fans to list their top three rivals in order for a post I did ahead of MLS' rivalry week and whether tomorrow's opponent, the Chicago Fire, really was Kansas City's rival in the eyes of the fans (at least those that responded to me).
The full results of the responses I got are below.
Another set of stats for you, this one for the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are the only team of the original MLS teams still around that Kansas City has never met in a competition outside of league play. They've never met in the playoffs, Open Cup, or any other competition, so the league and all competitions will be the same.
In what turned out to be his final season as a manager, Sir Alex Ferguson guided Manchester United to their 20th top flight English title.
Summer signing Robin van Persie turned out be a big part of United's success – top scoring in the Premier League with 26 goals. Notable winners at Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first half of the season helped pull the Red Devils ahead of the competition.
- Van Persie was our top scorer with 26 goals and Rooney had the most assists with 10. - Hernandez had the best minutes per goal rate of any of our players (one per every 95 minutes), followed by Van Persie (one per 120 minutes) and Rooney (one per 168 minutes). - Hernandez had the best minutes per goal/assist of any of our players (one per every 73 minutes), followed by Van Persie and Rooney (one per 92 minutes).
Starts: 12 Goals: 5 Assists: 2 Minutes per goal/assist: 129 Passing completion: 512/566. 90.5% (only Scholes with 92.4% has a better passing completion rate at United. Silva 85.4%, Mata 85.2%, Hazard 84.9%) Final third passing completion: 174/202. 86.1%. (Hazard 82%, Scholes 81%, Silva 80%, Mata 78%, Oscar 75%)
Games where he's played 15+ minutes vs Everton 68/75 passes (91%).
This season, only Patrice Evra has started more games (27) than Michael Carrick, whilst Evra and Van Persie have both had more minutes on the pitch. Carrick has made 1843 accurate passes this season with an accuracy of 88%. Of those passes, 37% of them have gone forwards and just 8% backwards. In the opposition half, he has completed 1035 passes, with an accuracy of 82%.
It's been just over a month since I wrote about the strange statistical totals coming out of the Major Indoor Soccer League's teams in Chicago and Syracuse, where their goalkeepers particularly Chicago's Jeff Richey were being credited with record-breaking (and near-historic) numbers of saves.