The passing matrix from Manchester United’s 1-0 win against FC Astana was the most comprehensive so far this season and for obvious reasons. Whilst Astana are the best team in Kazakhstan they were not able to assert any dominance over Manchester United as the next graphic will highlight.

Thus, it is important the reader to receive this particular game analysis with a pinch of salt which will be provided for you.

In this game Fred was the most dominant player being involved in every single top passing chain; a mere sight at his player node highlights just how impactful he was in build-up and retention.

Likewise, Rojo provided a nice outlet for United as Gomes tucked into midfield. 

The share of dominance in this game was as follows:

Manchester United’s Dominance (i.e. 55% or more):

  • xGoals per Chance (100%)
  • Passes against Low Block (92%)
  • xPTS (90%)
  • xGoals (89%)
  • Pressing (83%)
  • Final Third Entries (79%)
  • Possession (75%)
  • Tempo Changing Passes (72%)
  • Progressive Passes (69%)
  • Territory (67%)
  • Aerial Duels Won (61%)
  • Successful Carries (57%)
  • xGoals per Shot (55%)

Leicester City’s Dominance (i.e. 55% or more):

  • Defensive Duels Won (57%)

Out of 15 categories, Manchester United were dominant in in a massive 13 with Astana dominating in the defensive duels won category. The final category was offensive duels won wherein Man Utd had won 54% – a number UtdArena does not consider significant enough to warrant a direct influence over the final result.

 

In this duel map it is clear to find wherein Manchester United struggled. In the final third of the pitch, Astana dominated duels in all categories: offensive, defensive and neutral. This is why United struggled to break them down. They could not work through the opposition and were constantly sent back to restart their building process. As such, play was slow, laboured and unimaginative.