The enforced break from football across Europe offers a chance to look back at Manchester United’s campaign so far.
United have been interrupted during their most impressive spell of the season.
There were times earlier in the season when some supporters might not have minded a break from what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were serving up.
But the Reds are on an 11-game unbeaten run, brimming with confidence and competing for two trophies.
It’s been a team effort but we’ve taken a look at the individuals who lead the key stats among United’s ranks.
The data comes from WhoScored, and also features information on how the United players rank in comparison to their counterparts across the Premier League.
- Goals: Marcus Rashford (14 – joint sixth in the league)
- Assists: Daniel James (6 – joint 11th in the league)
- Shots: Marcus Rashford (74 – joint sixth in the league)
- Passes: Harry Maguire (1824 – eighth in the league)
- Key passes: Fred (34 – joint 32nd in the league)
- Successful Dribbles: Marcus Rashford (44 – joint 25th in the league)
- Headers won: Harry Maguire (87 – seventh in the league)
- Tackles: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (99 – second in the league)
- Interceptions: Harry Maguire (54 – ninth in the league)
As ever, statistics don’t show the full picture and of course players who have been clear of fitness worries will generally score higher than those who have missed matches with injury.
United don’t have a great deal of players who are excelling by the standards of the league in terms of the stats.
Plenty has been made of Wan-Bissaka’s tackling ability and it no surprise that only Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira has made more than the summer signing this season.
Harry Maguire is showing why Solskjaer brought him to the club, leading the way in terms of passes, headers and interceptions won.
He has played every minute in the Premier League – which helps him in terms of the stats – but he is not at the very peak of the standings in terms of the division.
Some may be surprised that Daniel James leads the way in terms of assists, but perhaps that underlines the lack of creativity from midfield Solskjaer has had to suffer this season, as well as an inability to net regularly from set pieces.
Bruno Fernandes looks like he will solve both of those issues and is already third-highest in United’s assist chart within a matter of months. It is tempting to wonder how many he would have wracked up had he been here all season…
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