Manchester United are not alone finding it difficult to play the type of football they usually do, but they are also struggling to score the number of late goals they used to score under the retired Sir Alex Ferguson.
This season Manchester United have been accused of not providing too much pressure right at the end of the games to turn either a draw into victory or a loss into a draw. The recent data proves United’s struggle at the end of the games.
The Red Devils have scored just the six goals so far this season in the last 15 minutes of games. In fact, United have scored fewer goals in the second half of games than they have in the first. The Reds have scored 23 before the break and just 20 after the break.
Manchester City are the Premier League’s strongest finishers when it comes to scoring late goals. Manuel Pellegrini’s side has scored 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of league matches this season, which is more than any other side.
City has scored six in the first 15 minutes of the second half, as well as 12 in the second 15 minutes. That gives them the highest number of second-half goals with 31 in the league.
League leaders Chelsea are the second strongest finishers in terms of late goals, with 11 in the last 15 minutes of games. They also have the joint second highest number of second-half goals, 28, along with Arsenal. Jose Mourinho’s side has also scored the most in the first fifteen minutes of the games with 10 goals.
Arsenal and Stoke have the joint best record for finishing the first half strongly. Arsene Wenger side and Mark Hughes have both scored 10 goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half.
Aston Villa have the weakest second-half scoring record in the Premier League this season. Struggling Villa have scored just 12 league goals, with only three of those coming in the second half.
Two were scored between the 45th and 60th minute, one between the 61st and 70th minute and none in the last 15 minutes of the game. That makes Villa the only Premier League side not have scored in the last 15 minutes of a match.