Talking Points

LAST AWAY DAY BLUES

United haven’t won their final away game of the Premier League since 2012. The 1-0 win over Sunderland in the 2011-12 season was the last time United managed to get maximum points on their last away trip of the season. The run involves draws against West Brom, Southampton and defeats to the likes of Spurs and West Ham. The latest draw at West Ham would mean that United will have gone close to seven years since winning their final away a day of the season.

GOLDEN GLOVE

18. The magic number for David De Gea. The 0-0 draw meant that the United shot-stopper secured his first ever Golden Glove accolade in England in his seventh season in the country. De Gea is now two clean sheets ahead of Ederson across the city with just one game yet to be played in this Premier League campaign. De Gea revealed that he was pleased to win this individual accolade and thanked the defenders ahead of him who helped him win the elusive award. De Gea has let in only 27 goals this season. The clean sheet meant that De Gea now has 22 clean sheets for the entire season in all competitions, which is second only to Edwin van der Sars’s astonishing 32 clean sheets accumulated during the 2008-09 season. League of Legends.

ANOTHER BLANK

United’s attackers fired their second consecutive blank. United are now scoreless in 180 minutes. Curiously, Romelu Lukaku missed both games and this underlines the importance the Belgian has in United’s attacking setup. The lack of a target man up front who can drop deep and help in playmaking or go wide and whip crosses in was sorely missed. But Mourinho gave the good news that Lukaku is back for Watford and in line to start against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

THREE AT THE BACK

It was a new-look setup formation wise for United as they fielded a three-man defence consisting of Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. It was one of the few times United have deployed three centre-backs, with the last one coming way back in the visit to the Emirates in December. Other games that stand out is the 4-0 thrashing of CSKA Moscow away in the Champions League in September.

UNITED HATE LONDON

United picked up just seven points on their travels to the capital city this season in the Premier League. Their only victories came against Crystal Palace and Arsenal while defeats to Spurs and Chelsea and the draw last night gave United their total of seven points. On the other hand, City picked up full points on their travels to the capital. United have to pick up their form in London if they hope to close the gap at the top with City.