The numbers behind Man United’s poor draw at home to Bournemouth

Manchester United will see Saturday as a day of missed opportunity in their quest to break into the top four of the English Premier League.

Their fixture at Bournemouth was very winnable but in a dramatic encounter they couldn’t find a way to win, despite playing against a Cherries team that were a man down for an entire 45 minutes.

Marcos Rojo’s goal wasn’t enough to earn the victory with Joshua King pegging the Red Devils back with a penalty just before half-time.

United huffed and puffed in the second half, peppering the Bournemouth goal, but a combination of wasteful finishing and an excellent Artur Boruce performance prevented them from picking up all three points.

Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic had an off day, missing a penalty that would have probably ensured Jose Mourinho’s side picked up the win.

As these stats from Squawka show it was an incredible defensive performance from Eddie Howe’s visitors.

Another defining factor of the game turning out the way it did was the rare poor display on offer from United’s record-breaking signing Paul Pogba. As these stats show, again from Squawka, he had a day to forget, misplacing a massive 19% of his attempted passes.

Mourinho’s men are going through a very heavy schedule of games and that could finally be taking its toll on the performances of the team. Can they continue to fight on three fronts and finish in the top four? It’s a tough ask.