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.
Here's some interesting data
for those of you who love your Stats.
Sports Direct have released this well researched data on how teams faired out when using their Away kits last season and it has thrown out some interesting stuff. ( (See Full Version)
So having read the stats is it possible the
Premier League Title could head to North London for the first time in a decade?
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.
Opta has produced a table looking at the numbers of goals and assists in Europe's top competitions over the past decade. Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Robin van Persie all feature in the top 10.
It should come as no surprise that Wayne Rooney was on the receiving end of plenty of stick from England fans following Saturday night's defeat against Italy.
Rooney didn't have a good game, being shifted around in a variety of different positions, and struggled to provide Leighton Baines with much cover when on the left.
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.
Not much stat wise from last night, but here are a couple.
Seth Sinovic started his 139th game in all competitions for KC, tying him with Graham Zusi for 15th on that list. CJ Sapong made his 141st appearance in all competitions for KC, tying him with Francisco Gomez for 19th on that list.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 23rd in all competitions this year for KC, breaking Preki's record of 22 set in 1996.
Dwyer's goal was Kansas City's 400th in all competitions away from home. Dwyer's goal was his 27th in all competitions for his KC career, tying him with CJ Sapong for the active leader on that list.
Not much stat wise from last night's game, but here are a few.
Matt Besler started his 143rd game in league play for KC, breaking his tie with Mo Johnston and Jack Jewsbury for 7th on that list. Seth Sinovic made his 110th start in league play for KC, tying him with Jose Burciaga for 16th on that list.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 22nd league goal, breaking his tie with Graham Zusi for 9th place on that list.
Dwyer scored his 25th goal in all competitions, breaking his tie with Teal Bunbury for 10th on that list. Dwyer's goal was his 13th at home in league play, tying him with Mark Chung for 10th on that list.
Claudio Bieler became just the sixth player to score a league goal, playoff goal, Open Cup goal, and international goal for KC, joining Chris Brown, Preki, Matt McKeon, Francisco Gomez, and Dario Fabbro.
Bieler's 2 goals give him 16 in all competitions for KC, tying him with Gomez and Aurelien Collin for 20th on that list.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 19th in league play, setting a new single season record for goals in a season.
Dwyer and Graham Zusi both now have 21 league goals, that is the most for a current player. Dwyer and Zusi both scored their 9th league goal away from home, tying them with CJ Sapong for 10th on that list.
Here are some stats from last night.
Dom Dwyer scored his 18th league goal of the season, tying him with Preki for the single season club record. Dwyer's goal was his 8th on the road in league play for KC. That ties him with Sasha Victorine and Graham Zusi for 11th all time.
Martin Steuble was the 30th different player to start a league game for KC this year.
In the 9th minute, Graham Zusi hit the 10,000 minute mark in league play for his MLS career. He's the 15th player to hit that mark for KC. Zusi made his 166th appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Josh Wolff for 12th on that list.
The game was the 50th league game between KC and DC, it's the fourth team KC has played 50 games against, KC has a 20-20-10 record, scoring 73 and conceding 66.
In the 45th minute, Seth Sinovic moved past Chance Myers and into 20th place for minutes played in league play for KC. Sinovic finished the game with 9,166 minutes played.
Graham Zusi's goal was his 19th league goal for KC, tying him with Teal Bunbury and CJ Sapong for 10th on that list.
Zusi is now tied with Sapong as KC's active goals leader in league play. Zusi's goal was his 21st in all competitions for KC, tying him with Mark Chung for 11th on that list.
Stats following yesterday's game against the LA Galaxy.
In the 81st minute, Jacob Peterson hit the 10,000 minute mark in MLS play for his MLS career. He finished the game at 10,009. Andy Gruenebaum made his 100th start in all competitions in his MLS career. All three of Lawrence Olum's career MLS goals have been game winners.
Here are some stats from yesterday's win against Columbus.
At 21 years, 146 days, Mikey Lopez became the 18th youngest player to start a league game for KC, knocking Matt McKeon out of the top 20. He became the 19th youngest player to appear in a league game for KC, knocking Vicente Figueroa out of the top 20.
A lot of stats from yesterday's game.
In the 31st minute, Aurelien Collin hit 10,000 minutes in all competitions in his career with KC. He finished the game with 10,059 minutes played. Andy Gruenebaum made his 100th start in all competitions in his MLS career. Dom Dwyer's 2 goals give him 16 league goals for his career with KC, that puts him in 15th place all time.
A day late, but it's here and for this game it's all for Seth Sinovic.
In the 29th minute, Seth Sinovic hit 10,000 minutes in MLS play for his career. In the 9th minute, Sinovic moved past Jose Burciaga and into 18th place for minutes played in all competitions for KC, Sinovic finished the game with 10,706 minutes played.
The loss was Peter Vermes' 58th as head coach in all competitions, tying him with Ron Newman for the second most in team history.
The loss was the first time in 9 games that Soony Saad has scored in all competitions that KC has not won. Aurelien Collin picked up his 39th yellow card in all competitions, tying him with Matt McKeon for 4th all time.
Alex Martinez scored his first professional goal.
At 22 years, 297 days, he's the 19th youngest player to score for Sporting KC. He knocked Davy Arnaud (22 years, 350 days) out of the top 20. The goal by Soony Saad was his 5th game winner in all competitions for KC, tying him for 19th place on that list with Jack Jewsbury, Jimmy Conrad, and Dom Dwyer.
Stats for you from the game against the Dynamo.
Dom Dwyer scored his 13th league goal, tying him with Matt McKeon, Jose Burciaga, Sasha Victorine, and Claudio Lopez for 17th on that list. Jacob Peterson made his 50th league appearance for KC, he's the 50th player to hit that mark.
In the first 14 games of the season so far, Sporting has used 25 players, 24 of those players have started at least one game. The only player that has so far not started a game is Soony Saad.
The loss was Peter Vermes' 50th as head coach of Sporting. He's now tied with Ron Newman for the 2nd most in team history.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 22nd of the season in all competitions, tying him with Preki for the most goals in a single season in all competitions.
Dwyer's goal was his 14th in league play at home, tying him with Jimmy Conrad for 9th all time on that list. It was Dwyer's 16th in all competitions at home, tying him with Digital Takawira for 8th all time on that list.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 24th in all competitions for KC, tying him with Teal Bunbury for 10th all time on that list.
Dwyer scored his 14th goal in all competitions at home, tying him with Jimmy Conrad for 11th on that list. Dwyer scored his 7th PK goal of the season. That's the most PK goals for a Sporting KC player since Preki scored 7 in 1996 (7 of 8).
In the 52nd minute, Matt Besler passed Jack Jewsbury and moved into 7th place for minutes played in all competitions. He finished the game with 15,012 minutes played.
In the 78th minute, Besler became the 7th player to hit 15,000 minutes played in all competitions for KC. Besler made his 144th league appearance for KC, tying him with Matt McKeon and Josh Wolff for 10th all time.
At 21 years, 130 days, Jon Kempin is the 17th youngest player to make his first league start for KC.
CJ Sapong's goal was Sporting KC's 100th league goal at Sporting Park. Sapong scored his 20th goal in league play, tying Mark Chung and Graham Zusi for 9th on that list. Sapong tied Zusi for the active lead in league goals scored with his 20th.
Jon Kempin made his league debut for Kansas City, at 21 years, 124 days, he's the 18th youngest player to make his debut.
Kempin's debut means that KC has had three keepers see action this year for the first time since 2002 when Tony Meola and Bo Oshoniyi played most of the games and Taly Goode played an Open Cup game.
The goal was Graham Zusi's 20th league goal for KC, breaking his tie with Teal Bunbury and CJ Sapong and moving him into a tie with Mark Chung for 9th on that list.
The goal also makes Zusi the active league in goals in league play, breaking his tie with Sapong. The goal was Zusi's 22nd in all competitions, breaking his tie with Chung for 11th on that list.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 14th league goal for KC, tying him with Jack Jewsbury for 16th all time on that list.
The goal was his 16th in all competitions for KC, tying him with Francisco Gomez and Aurelien Collin for 19th all time on that list. Dywer scored his 9th league game at home, tying him with Claudio Bieler for 17th on that list.
In first eight years of Glazer ownership, Manchester United spent 54.32% of their income on transfers and wages, lower than any rival.
The sale of Danny Welbeck has prompted a lot of discussion over the past few weeks in regards to Manchester United and their tradition of bringing through young players.
Mike Phelan claimed "they have probably lost the way of Manchester United a little bit", as if Welbeck was the first former academy player to be sold, and that "the thread has been broken".
Manchester United broke the British transfer fee yesterday when they signed Angel Di Maria for £59.7m. Plenty of newspapers have been questing how United have managed to spend so much and yet still the fans are unhappy with the Glazers and Ed Woodward.
Plenty of tables have been published showing the comparative net spend between United and other European clubs, suggesting that United fans don't have a leg to stand on when it comes to complaining about what has been spent.
The game was Peter Vermes' 200th game in charge of Sporting KC, he's 92-59-49 in those games.
In the 61st minute, Aurelien Collin moved past Jose Burciaga and into 19th place for minutes played in all competitions. Collin finished the game with 10,654 minutes played. Collin made his 120th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Chance Myers for 19th on that list.
Back when news was first starting to really come out about Matt Besler and a potential move abroad, Besler's agent, Eddie Rock said that there were really only three options for Besler, a move to the EPL, a move to the German Bundesliga, or stay with Sporting KC.
Rock said in the article that "If Matt re-signs with the league now, his intentions would be to be a one-club player for the rest of his career. The Rest
Some of Manchester United's new signings have made a fantastic start to the season and have adjusted to life in the Premier League seamlessly.
United are now 4th in the table and the 12 goals/assists that new signings Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao have provided have been key in this.
Just Arsenal at Jun 29, 2014 @ 4:02am UTC
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Hello fellow Gooners. Hope everything is fine with you'll (Besides the transfer speculation of course). After going through so many Arsenal transfer rumors, I am writing this article to deviate some attention on our offensive capabilities and more specifically on our Set Pieces and Penalty capabilities.
Not much stat wise from last night's game. Really only two noteworthy stats.
Toni Dovale scored his first MLS goal. Soony Saad made his 50th appearance for KC in all competitions, he's the 60th player to hit that mark for KC.