Wayne Rooney had less touches than all of Manchester United’s other outfield starters against Manchester City yet lost the ball the most.
In a Manchester derby seriously lacking in quality at Old Trafford on Sunday, Rooney still managed to stand out – for the wrong reasons – with his first performance as a thirtysomething.
Despite playing the full 90 minutes, Rooney had less touches of the ball, 50, than any United outfield player that started the game – Juan Mata managed two more despite being substituted in the 66th minute.
Remarkably, despite his struggle to get on the ball, Rooney lost the ball 28 times, more than he kept hold of it and five times more than United’s second worst offender, Marcos Rojo.
Rooney’s pass accuracy of 55% was comfortably the worst of United’s players, with Rojo (78%) again the hosts’ next biggest culprit.
Rooney also failed to manage a single shot on target or set up a single opportunity for any of his team-mates.
With Anthony Martial the brighest attacking spark for United despite once again starting on the left flank, for how much longer can Louis van Gaal persist with his captain in the main striker’s role?
This is only the third goalless Manchester derby in PL history (also November 2004 and November 2010).
It is the first time in 13 Manchester derbies in all competitions where the game has ended in a draw.
Man City were involved in their first goalless PL draw in their last 61 games, last drawing 0-0 v Norwich in February 2014.
Man United v Man City is only the 2nd Premier League game this season not to have a shot on target in the 1st half, along with United v Liverpool.
Man Utd failed to muster a single shot in the 1st half of a PL game for the first time since 03/04 (including blocked).
It took 82 minutes for the first shot on target in this match, from Jesus Navas. United have their first attempt on target in the 88th minute.
The Red Devils have had two PL matches at Old Trafford this season where they’ve had just one shot on target (also v Spurs).
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