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After a disappointing run that has seen them lose three games in a row, Jose Mourinho will be looking to find reasons for Manchester United’s loss of form.
Is it a case of tactical systems, players not performing, or simply the fact that with four new signings his team need time to knit together? Or perhaps they just aren’t running enough. According to a league table of the distance covered by every Premier League side, United are the laziest side in the division, running less far than every other side.
In fact, over the last five games United’s squad have covered exactly 55 kilometres less than rivals Liverpool – enough for them to get to Anfield from Old Trafford. Jurgen Klopp’s men have run the furthest in the league, a remarkable 11km more than the next best, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, with Tottenham in third.
Premier League new-boys Burnley are next up, just 2km behind Spurs, with Tony Pulis’ West Brom, who beat West Ham 4-2 last weekend with only 30 per cent of possession, in fifth. It’s not all about running stats though.
Everton have had a brilliant start to life under Ronald Koeman, and are second in the table, but have only run the 12th furthest, while Chelsea, in fifth, are 40km short of Liverpool’s distance and are down in 14th.
However, David Moyes will not be pleased to see that his Sunderland outfit, who are yet to win and surely need to be showing every sign of great effort to get out of a relegation scrap yet again, are 19th in both the league table and the running stats. -DAILYMAIL