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Damning Stats Prove Old Trafford No Longer The Fortress It Once Was

Stats for this season are showing that Manchester United’s home form is what seems to be holding them back. 

Everton will travel to Manchester tonight to take on United. However, according to stats published by OptaJoe, a visit to Old Trafford isn’t the challenge it once was. The Red Devils have played 15 games at their famed home venue this season and have won only 6. That’s a less than impressive win rate of 40%, a number far lower than their top of the table rivals.

Tottenham lead the standings with 13 wins from 15 at White Hart Lane this season, a win rate of 86%. They haven’t lost at home all season. Chelsea have won 12 of their 14 games at Stamford Bridge this season, giving them a win rate just shy of London rivals Spurs at 85.7%. Liverpool have a win rate of 73% at home, not as good as the top two but still far superior than United. They are the top three teams in the Premier League at the moment so you would expect them to be ahead of the rest. But, there are a few unlikely candidates that trump United’s home form this season.

West Brom, Burnley and Leicester have all been better at home than United this season. The Baggies and the Clarets have identical yet impressive win rates of 60%.  Meanwhile last seasons surprise champions Leicester are slightly further behind at 53%. United are next in line after the Foxes but that’s not really good enough.

West Brom are the closest of the three to United but even they are some 9 points behind. Meanwhile Burnley and Leicester are in a far less attractive part of the Premier League table and have yet to reach the 40-point mark(via Soccer Stats).

Jose Mourinho’s side need to pick up more points at Old Trafford to be in with any chance of qualifying for next year’s Champions League. They can start by beating Everton at home tonight. A side that were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at the weekend in the most recent Merseyside derby.

This will not be an easy game for United by any means, though, and they also have the added pressure of keeping an impressive, longstanding record alive. No manager has ever won on three consecutive Premier League visits to Old Trafford, but Ronald Koeman can become the first manager in history to do so tonight.

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