Damning Stat Proves How Bad Manchester United Were Against West Ham

Results have been poor for Manchester United of late, as if anyone wasn't aware of Jose Mourinho's side's troubles, but one stat proves just how poor they were at the weekend against West Ham.

Life at Old Trafford isn't exactly rosy for anyone right now. Whether it's Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, any of the other players or the fans it's hardly a riot right now.

The Manchester United manager seems to be at loggerheads with everyone this season. He's had his problems with Ed Woodward, although he's since been backed, he's told the fans to be more vocal and it seems like he's been at war with all his players too.

In just a week the Red Devils drew at home in the league with newly promoted side Wolves, lost in the Carabao Cup on penalties to Championship Derby County, also at home, and were then embarrassed away to West Ham in a 3-1 loss.

Fans have been unhappy not just with results but also with performances as Mourinho has often been criticised for not being attacking enough, not least by Pogba, and things are all done at a very slow pace.

Now a damning stat has proved all that criticism right as no team sprinted less this weekend than Mourinho's:

Just 58 sprints in a whole match isn't very good at all, especially for a side who were supposed to be playing with attacking wing backs in a 5-3-2 system with Luke Shaw on one wing and Ashley Young on the other.

Upfront Mourinho paired Romelu Lukaku with the usually dynamic and full of running Anthony Martial but it seems no one in United's side is currently full of running.

Shaw has been one of United's best players this season and he sprinted the most on Saturday. Image: PA Images
Shaw has been one of United's best players this season and he sprinted the most on Saturday. Image: PA Images

United fans would probably be able to excuse the poor football, although it goes against the usual way the team have played historically, if it wasn't for the poor results that have accompanied it.

Earlier in the season there were back-to-back losses to Brighton and Spurs but those results were followed by three wins in a row, including a Champions League win. The next three results though have been very disappointing for fans of the club.

Can Mourinho turn it around or is it time for him to go?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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