This £340k-p/w star was “so far off it” during Man United defeat in Denmark. Manchester United’s season went from bad to worse last night
leaving Erik ten Hag’s side rock bottom of the group and with a mountain to climb to qualify for the next round of the competition.
The English giants were cruising at one point, leading 2-0 in the game and were pushing for more before a contentious red card for Marcus Rashford in the first half turned the tie on its head. While it’s always difficult to play with one less man, Ten Hag will be less than pleased with some of his team’s defending inside the penalty area.
However, there was one player in particular who had an off-night and was one of the primary instigators of Man United’s collapse in the Danish capital.
Man United game in numbers is disappointing
While the result will be severely disappointing for the players, coaches and fans,
United’s performance at the top end of the pitch was one of the best this season.
The three-time champions of Europe registered an xG of 3.02 on the night
And scored three goals while Copenhagen mustered an xG of 2.25 but put four past goalkeeper Andre Onana. Statistically, the game could have easily finished level-pegging.
Unsurprisingly, it was in the second half where the game turned on its head from a data viewpoint. The home side had a higher xG after the interval with 1.18 to United’s 0.97,
Although 0.79 of the visitors’ xG was from the penalty spot, according to FotMob.
Onana will be disappointed with his performance too, having conceded a non-penalty xG of 1.46 against Copenhagen from 15 non-penalty shots,
With the Cameroon international making merely four saves.
What was more worrying for the Red Devils was that the side lost the ball 43 times in their own half,
With 22 coming in the second half as the defenders scrambled to clear their lines following wave after wave of Danish pressure, as per Opta.