In the games that remain, much has been made that United have tougher fixtures than the teams around them. But is that such a bad thing?
When looking at our results against the top teams in the league, United have faired pretty well this season.
Drew 1-1 (h)
Lost 1-0 (a)
Won 2-1 (a)
Won 3-0 (h)
Won 2-1 (a)
Lost 1-0 (h)
Out of the 18 points available from games against teams in the top six, United have picked up 10, meaning we've claimed 56% of the points available.
Accurate long balls per game
Juan Mata: 89.6%
Michael Carrick: 89.6%
Daley Blind: 89.6%
Ander Herrera: 87%
Wayne Rooney 84.3%
Inaccurate long balls per game
Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.
In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.
Robin van Persie 8 (1 goal per 188 minutes)
Wayne Rooney 8 (1 goal per 163 minutes)
Juan Mata 5 (1 goal per 247 minutes)
Angel di Maria 6
Wayne Rooney 4
Juan Mata 3
Ander Herrera 3
Radamel Falcao 3
Goals and assists
Wayne Rooney 12 (1 per 109 minutes)
Robin van Persie 10 (1 per 150 minutes)
Angel di Maria 9 (1 per 96 minutes)
Juan Mata 8 (1 per 154 minutes)
Key passes per game
Angel di Maria 2.
Wayne Rooney's suspension is now over but injury could threaten his starting place on Sunday as United take on Manchester City.
Reports suggest that the captain will be ready in time to play and the stats above suggest that having Rooney, the all-time top scorer in Manchester derbies, can only be seen as a positive thing.
Another statistical update, the list of top 20 goal scorers in all competitions. First here's the list as it's gone through the years.
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - 2013
1. Preki - 81 (71 league, 8 playoff, 1 open cup, 1 international) (-)
Another stat update for you. Here is the top goal scorers for Sporting KC throughout their history. See the links below for previous years.
1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013
Another stat for you, Sporting's landmark goals. This year, Sporting hit two landmark goal marks, and not surprisingly, both were scored by Dom Dwyer. Back in May, Dwyer scored Sporting's 800th league goal in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. Then on the road against Philadelphia late in the season, Dwyer scored the 400th competitive goal away from home for Kansas City.
Another updated stat, this time it's single season minutes played for Kansas City. In league play, no new players joined the top 10 for minutes played, the closest was Seth Sinovic who played 2,755 in league play this past season.
1. Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 3060
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 3060
One more stat for you tonight, most appearances and starts in a single season.
For the first time since 2010, Sporting didn't have a player play in all 34 league games. The closest anyone came was Dom Dwyer, who appeared in 33 games, missing one game due to yellow card accumulation.
CJ Sapong - 2011 - 34
Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 34
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 34
Kei Kamara - 2012 - 33
Dom Dwyer - 2014 - 33
Preki - 1996 - 32
Mark Chung - 1996 - 32
Mark Chung - 1997 - 32
Nick Garcia - 2000 - 32
Peter Vermes - 2000 - 32
Bo Oshoniyi - 2005 - 32
Davy Arnaud - 2006 - 32
Matt Besler - 2011 - 32
Graham Zusi - 2011 - 32
Graham Zusi - 2012 - 32
Seth Sinovic - 2013 - 32
In all competitions Sporting played 43 games this year, falling two short of the record KC set in the 2013 season.
Another stat, this time it's the most starts for Sporting KC. In league play this year, three players made their 100th start for KC. Graham Zusi, Seth Sinovic, and Aurelien Collin all hit the mark. Assuming his recovery goes well, Chance Myers should hit the mark, as should the reacquired Roger Espinoza early in the 2015 season.
Some more stats for you this offseason. Now I'm going to update the list of appearances for the club. This year Sporting had three players, Seth Sinovic, CJ Sapong, and Aurelien Collin, hit the century mark for appearances in league play. Additions to this list in 2015 are looking quite slim with Paulo Nagamura needing 33 appearances to hit 100 being the only player on the roster within touching distance this year.
It's time to start updating my stats again ahead of the 2015 MLS season. In doing so I'll try to do one every day or every other day or so as we head towards the 2015 MLS season. We'll start with the 10,000 minute club.
This year, Sporting had one player join the list this year. Graham Zusi became the 15th player to play 10,000 minutes for Kansas City in league play.
Here are some stats from the 2014 Sporting KC season for you.
In all competitions over the last two years, including national team action, Matt Besler played 7,281 the most in any two year span for an Kansas City player.
In terms of just minutes for Sporting KC, Seth Sinovic also set a team record over the last two years, playing 7,208 in all competitions in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Dom Dwyer's goal was the 28th of his career in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with CJ Sapong for the active goal leader for KC.
The goal also broke Dwyer's tie with Sapong for 9th place on the list for goals in all competitions.
Dwyer's goal was his 12th in all competitions away from home, breaking his tie with Kei Kamara for 7th on that list.
Matt Besler made his 150th appearance in league play for Kansas City, he's the 8th player to hit that mark for KC.
Besler also broke his tie with Mo Johnston and Michael Harrington for league appearances and now has sole possession of 8th place.
In the 23rd minute, Graham Zusi moved past Josh Wolff and into 13th place for minutes played in all competitions.
Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday Preview
Wigan need to snap out of their current slump if they are to avoid relegation to the third tier of English football however it may not happen tomorrow against mid-table side Sheffield Wednesday who scraped past basement side Blackpool on Boxing Day.
Ipswich v Charlton Preview
Ipswich continued their impressive run towards promotion on Boxing Day with a win against high flying Brentford and Mick McCarthy will be hoping his side can keep it going with a win against Charlton tomorrow night who were rather lucky to draw 1-1 in their clash with Cardiff on Boxing Day also.
Derby v Leeds Preview
Derby will be looking to keep pace with the automatic promotion pack with a win against Leeds United who have been sliding down the table at a rapid pace, with their off-field problems not helping the team whatsoever!
Fulham v Brighton Preview
Both Fulham and Brighton sit in the lower echelons of the Championship right now with Brighton looking favourites for the drop on their current form and while Fulham aren't any world beaters of any sort they should be able to gain their sixth home victory of the season against a team who haven't won a game in seven.
Bolton v Blackburn Preview
Neil Lennon has sparked new life into Bolton since taking over from Dougie Freeman and despite Blackburn having a deadly marksman in Jordan Rhodes, Bolton should be able to continue their rise up the division which could see former Premier League strikers Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnson pairing up at some stake?
Birmingham v Derby Preview
Birmingham have been on a bit of a roll with four wins in their last five league games which has seen them move away from the drop zone, however Derby have hit a bit of a rocky patch with just two wins and a draw in their last five and will have to rectify the situation tomorrow if their to achieve their goal of promotion to the top flight in May.
Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest Preview
Middlesbrough's loss to Ipswich last week was a bit of a surprise but they should be able to get back on track with a home win against Nottingham Forest who have not been able to live up to their early season promise!
Leeds v Wigan Preview
Leeds take on Wigan at Elland Road tomorrow with both sides needing a win to avoid a battle for survival in the Championship and though the homeside has won just one of their last five league games their opponents Wigan have been even worse form with just a single draw in their last five,
Billy Sharp @25/4
Only 5 games scoring 2 or more goals.
Brighton v Reading Preview
Both Brighton and Reading have already gone through a manager each thus far, with the Seagull's currently managerless following Sami Hyypia's resignation following a wretched run of results, while Reading have only recently appointed Steve Clarke who they hope can guide them up the Championship table starting from tomorrow.
Bournemouth v Fulham Preview
Not many would have predicted Bournemouth to be top of the Championship on Boxing Day and deservedly so too having racked up a 12 game unbeaten run while tomorrow's visitors, Fulham would have been many people's favourites for a quick return to the top flight it may take at least another year for a return unless a little stability can be added to the squad.
Charlton v Cardiff Preview
Both these sides lie in mid-table level on points and goal difference and will need to secure all three points to ensure their chances of the play-offs don't fade away.
Charlton will be looking for their first win in six Championship games and the visit of Cardiff should be a cracker tomorrow with my slight preference for Cardiff on paper!
Brentford v Ipswich Preview
Third place Brentford take on second place Ipswich tomorrow in the game of the Championship with both sides surpassing many any expectations thus far from outside either squads. And with both sides so evenly matched it's hard to call a winner so I'm taking the cowards way out and going for a draw.
You could probably see for yourself that Adnan Januzaj completely outperformed Angel di Maria in today's match, justifying Louis van Gaal's decision to make the half-time substitution.
Di Maria 2 (0 on target)
Januzaj 4 (2 on target)
Di Maria 16/22 (73%)
Januzaj 23/25 (92%)
Attacking third passes
Di Maria 11/16 (69%)
Januzaj 13/15 (87%)
Di Maria 2
Cristiano Ronaldo had the best goals per game ratio when he was aged 23, with his birthday falling in 2008. This is followed by Christian Erikson, then Eden Hazard, then Paul Scholes.
Stats from @klausegelund.
Sports Matrix have produced an infographic which looks at United's build style, following the on-going debate about long balls. If you needed stats to show you that United aren't a long ball team, here they are, showing that, like most teams who are desperate for points at the end of a game, resort to booting the ball up to Marouane Fellaini.
Following United's 1-1 draw with West Ham, Sam Allardyce claimed that his team couldn't cope with United's "long ball" strategy.
In the end, we couldn't cope with the long balls Manchester United kept putting in the box. It was just, thump it forward and see what they could get.
Another stat for you, the youngest and oldest players to appear in or start games in league play and in all competitions.
In league appearances, four new players joined the list. Erik Palmer-Brown became the youngest player to ever appear in a game for Kansas City when he started KC's game in Chicago back in May.
More statistics, this time I'm updating my list of the youngest and oldest goal scorers for Kansas City in league play and in all competitions.
In league play, no new players joined the list in 2014. A number of Kansas City's draft picks could join this list should they score in the 2015 season though, so there could be some shake up here.
Updating another list tonight, the caps players got for their country while a member of Sporting Kansas City. Graham Zusi has moved up to be the second most capped Sporting player, trailing only Josh Wolff. Matt Besler also jumped up the list. And with the return of Roger Espinoza, the potential for someone new to top Wolff in the next few years is certainly there.
Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper to have made at least one appearance during the first half of the 2014-15 Premier League season:
Manchester United's David de Gea has saved the highest percentage of shots faced amongst goalkeepers to have played at least half of their club's games this season.
Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs.
Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League, has revealed that the blue half DO now have the edge.