By Bulldog Drummond
Following on from the last article Man U’s fine run of away form, and Totts lose on a big pitch here are some more details of what Man U have done away from home…
Manchester United are unbeaten since 23 October, a run of 28 games. but what is hidden in these figures is the fact that they have won their last four away games. Indeed if we go back a bit further we can see what a solid away run this has been – it is seven out of eight, with the other game drawn. Here are the last eight away games…
|17||17.12.2016||West Bromwich Albion||away||W2-0||6|
|20||02.01.2017||West Ham United||away||W2-0||6|
Not only are they winning away, they have a lock-out defence mentality having conceded only three goals away in these eight games. The only thing one can say against this run of form is that they are not games against top clubs. Curious how the fixture list works out!
Now moving on to the next of our regular themes – the injury list. And here we can see it is getting really desperate for Arsenal as we have slipped out of the Top 10!!! I am sure Talk Sprout, BT Sprout and the BBC are still making out that Arsenal have the worst injury record in the Universe but reality tells a different tale. This from the (not exactly accurate) physioroom.com
|#||Team||No injured||Last man down||What’s wrong|
|1||Sunderland||10||S Pienaar||Ankle Injury|
|2||Crystal Palace||7||A Townsend||Achilles Injury|
|3||Manchester Utd||7||M Rashford||Knee Injury|
|4||Everton||7||A Lennon||Medical Condition|
|5||Watford||7||M Britos||Calf Injury|
|6||West Ham United||7||A Masuaku||Foot|
|7||Liverpool||6||P Coutinho||Dead Leg|
|8||Bournemouth||6||B Afobe||Hamstring Injury|
|9||Hull City||5||D Meyler||MCL Knee Ligament Injury|
|10||Manchester City||5||S Aguero||Groin Strain|
|12||Middlesbrough||5||A Guedioura||Groin Strain|
|13||Stoke City||4||S Berahino||Illness|
|14||Southampton||4||V van Dijk||Foot|
|15||Arsenal||4||G Xhaka||Calf Injury|
|16||Swansea City||4||J Montero||Hamstring Injury|
|17||Tottenham Hotspur||3||H Winks||Ankle Injury|
|18||Leicester City||3||W Morgan||Hamstring Injury|
|19||Chelsea||3||T Courtois||Ankle Injury|
|20||West Bromwich||2||H Robson-Kanu||Hamstring Injury|
Our four men down according to the Phizroom are
|Player||What’s wrong||Anticipated return date|
|S Mustafi||Thigh||May 6, 2017|
|L Perez||Muscle Injury||May 10, 2017|
|G Xhaka||Calf Injury||May 10, 2017|
|S Cazorla||Plantaris Injury||July 1, 2017|
If this is right Mustafi might be available for the game against Man U.
Granit Xhaka is certainly out from the kick he got in the last game. Mustafi has been confirmed to be back in normal training. Lucas Perez (who is now described as “wantaway Lucas Perez” on the grounds that someone somewhere once said he was fed up) is described in some quarters as being back in contention although Mr Wenger quite clearly said in his press conference that he is in training, but that the game has come too soon for him.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide is, as noted previously, ruled out until the end of the season with an ankle injury, but doesn’t figure in the Physioroom lists which shows again how careful we need to be with working out what’s what in terms of injury numbers.
For Man U the list looks like this…
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|Player||What’s wrong||Anticipated return date|
|A Young||Hamstring Injury||No Return Date|
|M Rashford||Knee Injury||No Return Date|
|L Shaw||Foot||No Return Date|
|T Fosu-Mensah||Dislocated Shoulder||No Return Date|
|Z Ibrahimovic||ACL Knee Injury||No Return Date|
|M Rojo||ACL Knee Injury||No Return Date|
|J Wilson||ACL Knee Injury||No Return Date|
Of the Man U list there are some reports that say Rashford might have a late fitness test. But in essence that final column looks rather boring.
Marcus Rashford is reported as having a slight limp and as Goal.com points out he has played 762 minutes of football since the start of April, second only to Eric Bailly. So both players look like a candidate for the famous Mourinho resting procedure. Ashley Young came off against Celta Vigo just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Marouane Fellaini is suspended for headbutting Sergio Aguero.
As for what will happen: here’s one little snippet…
The venerable Paul Merson pronounced to Sky Sports: “Arsenal are certainties in my opinion. It’s all about timing at the end of the season and this game is perfect timing for the Gunners.
“United could win their next four Premier League games 5-0 and still finish fifth in the league. On the other hand, they might only have to win two Europa League games to qualify for the Champions League.”
That is a fair point, except if it doesn’t happen Merson then has more weaponry to turn on Mr Wenger – not that Mr Wenger has ever thought much of Merson’s opinions.
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