By 90Min
November 09, 2017

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has drawn criticism for his perceived use of negative tactics in the last few weeks, and fans won't be pleased to learn that the Old Trafford club sit joint bottom of the Premier League when it comes to distance covered this season.

Data published by Sky Sports can reveal that it is Bournemouth who lead the way when it comes to distance covered after 11 games, collectively running 1,256km.

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As a team, West Brom, Tottenham and Watford have all in excess of 1,240km, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all also featured in the Premier League's top 10.

United, on the other hand, have collectively run just 1,162km, almost 100km less than Bournemouth in the same number of games and significantly less than their main rivals.

The only other team to have run as little as United are West Ham, also on 1,162km.

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They may still sit second in the Premier League table, but data highlighting number of sprints also doesn't reflect particularly well on Mourinho's side. Their 5,210 sprints is the sixth lowest in the division.

For West Ham, that figure is even smaller at 4,942 - they are the only one of the 20 clubs to have performed sprints on fewer than 5,000 occasions in the Premier League so far this season. Perhaps there is something in that which relates to their poor form and Slaven Bilic's sacking.


Leading the sprints table are Manchester City on 6,198. The next most sprints have been performed by Watford (5,950), Huddersfield (5,860) and Arsenal (5,842).

Distance Covered and Number of Sprints After 11 Games (Sky Sports):

Club Distance (km) Sprints
Bournemouth 1,256km 5,762
West Bromwich Albion 1,247km 5,220
Tottenham Hotspur 1,246km 5,710
Watford 1,241km 5,950
Burnley 1,238km 5,405
Arsenal 1,237km 5,842
Chelsea 1,234km 5,597
Manchester City 1,225km 6,198
Brighton & Hove Albion 1,225km 5,182
Huddersfield Town 1,221km 5,860
Liverpool 1,217km 5,674
Newcastle United 1,213km 5,028
Everton 1,209km 5,606
Crystal Palace 1,201km 5,211
Leicester City 1,195km 5,407
Southampton 1,194km 5,356
Stoke City 1,183km 5,054
Swansea City 1,182km 5,050
Manchester United 1,162km 5,210
West Ham United 1,162km 4,942

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