The 10 weirdest Manchester United stats: Angel Di Maria has 10 assists and Ander Herrera scores every time he gets it on target

It's been a season of contradiction at Old Trafford

Manchester United have been arguably this season's most intriguing side.

They started the season playing rather well, but lost games to Swansea, MK Dons and Leicester and won only one of their first seven games.

Then they started playing 'badly' in the view of many, with Louis van Gaal's system derided for its use of the long-ball, but between early November and the end of February lost just one match.

Having at one stage been given little chance of qualifying for Champions League, they now look nailed on for a top-four finish that could still see them make Chelsea sweat on winning the title. Then there was their transfer business. During the summer they signed possibly the two most exciting additions to the Premier League in Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao - but the duo have flopped - or have they?

We take a look at some of the weirdest stats that sum up Manchester United's season of contradiction...

Angel Di Maria has 10 assists

It's been a 'dreadful' debut season for the former Real Madrid player by most accounts. He's still created a whopping 10 assists. Only Cesc Fabregas has more in the Premier League.

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Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria

 

Radamel Falcao has the second highest number of assists

The Colombian, much derided and frozen out of the starting XI, has the second highest number of assists with four. It puts him level with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera - three players who've been given a lot of credit this term.

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Radamel Falcao

 

Only Chelsea and Southampton have conceded less

Manchester United's defence has been much derided, yet only two teams can boast meaner rear guards.

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Chris Smalling in action

 

Ander Herrera has scored five goals from five shots on target

The Spaniard has had nine go wide of the target.

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Ander Herrera celebrates for United after scoring against Aston Villa

 

Victor Valdes has played zero minutes

Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the January signing is yet to play a single minute for United.

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Victor Valdes in training

 

Michael Carrick has the highest shot accuracy

The midfielder has had seven shots this season - all of them on target.

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Michael Carrick celebrates Manchester United's win over Liverpool

 

Phil Jones is statistically United's best player

A player rating generated by Whoscored.com gives the defender, often given more attention for his facial expressions than defending, a higher score than any other United player this season.

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Phil Jones

 

Longest losing streak - 1 game

Old Trafford has been engulfed in 'crisis' at various points this season - yet they haven't lost more than one match in a row all term.

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Van Gaal

 

Tom Cleverley has the highest pass accuracy

90 per cent is very impressive - although he did only play one game before moving to Aston Villa.

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Tom Cleverley against Sunderland in August

 

62 points after 31 games

Manchester United are above the reigning champions Manchester City and have 11 more points than at this stage last season. Not bad for a team regularly targeted by the critics.

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