01 Mar Man United backside of Premier League’s ‘Massive Six’ head-to-head desk
Regardless of the inevitable hype, Chelsea and Manchester United produced a relatively drab stalemate within the Premier League’s most high-profile sport of the weekend.
The 2 teams slugged their technique to a 0-Zero draw at Stamford Bridge that produced little past a lightweight sprinkling of VAR controversy within the first 20 minutes.
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The Blues prolonged their unbeaten run below new coach Thomas Tuchel to 9 matches, courtesy of a fourth clear sheet stored because the German’s arrival in late January. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer additionally upheld his unbeaten managerial file in opposition to Chelsea within the Premier League having registered two wins and three attracts in 5 video games in opposition to the London aspect.
Sadly there weren’t many extra positives to glean from Sunday’s conflict, which as soon as once more noticed a grand “Massive Six” battle fail to ship a lot in the best way of memorable leisure.
Certainly, the Premier League’s so-called Massive Six of (in alphabetical order) Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have produced quite a number of forgettable bore-fests so far this season, with well-drilled teams laden with world-class talent successfully nullifying each another again and again.
Six of the biggest games in the Premier League this season:
Man United 0-0 Chelsea
Arsenal 0-0 Man United
Liverpool 0-0 Man United
Man United 0-0 Man City
Chelsea 0-0 Spurs
Chelsea 0-0 Man United pic.twitter.com/s1qbB3Hqzk
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United have been concerned in plenty of these dreary outcomes, with Solskjaer’s aspect now winless of their final eight Premier League outings in opposition to their fellow Massive Six rivals — the final 4 of which have resulted in 0-Zero attracts.
Their final victory in opposition to a Massive Six team got here in March of 2020 after they beat Manchester Metropolis 2-Zero at Outdated Trafford due to targets from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay, who each profited from a pair of uncommon howlers by Metropolis goalkeeper Ederson.
Premier League’s ‘Massive Six’ mini-league
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|6. Man United||7||0||5||2||-6||5|
United have solely scored one objective in opposition to Massive Six opponents this season, which is fewer than all 19 different teams within the Premier League. Their barren streak leaves United all-time low of the Massive Six head-to-head mini-league to date in 2020-21, with every team having performed at the least seven of their 10 league encounters in opposition to the others.
It is essential to notice, in fact, that these standings are considerably at odds with United’s place of second within the desk general, representing a season of actual progress below Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Premier League’s 2015-16 champions Leicester Metropolis and this 12 months’s high-flyers West Ham United may additionally have one thing to say concerning the definition of “Massive Six,” with the 2 sides occupying third and fourth place respectively within the desk forward of the midweek spherical of fixtures.
United’s poor outcomes in opposition to the remainder of the Massive Six are maybe greatest encapsulated by the struggles that their inventive fulcrum, Bruno Fernandes, endures throughout these huge video games. The Portuguese maestro has proved an incredible boon to United since his arrival at Outdated Trafford, pitching in with 34 targets and 21 assists in 61 appearances in all competitions since making his United debut on Feb. 1 final 12 months.
Nevertheless, Fernandes’ file in opposition to the Premier League Massive Six in that point is notably completely different, with the midfielder providing only one objective and 0 assists in seven appearances.
Certainly, that solitary objective got here simply 98 seconds into his first Massive Six conflict of the 2020-21 marketing campaign when he scored from the penalty spot in opposition to Tottenham again in October of final 12 months.
Maybe the Massive Six have all put their heads collectively and realised that in case you can cease Bruno, you possibly can efficiently subdue United too.