Official app stats reveal secrets of weekend win

The winner may not have come until the closing stages but there was little doubt Manchester United deserved the three points against Southampton.

Fans who followed the match in our Official App will have seen how the action ebbed and flowed, using our all-new Match Centre which showcased live statistics from Old Trafford.

Not only is possession monitored but also team momentum as the game swung one way and then the other, with some cracking goals along the way.

United made 293 passes forward, compared to 198 from the visitors, and had 28 touches in the opposition box, while the Saints managed 15.

Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira's stats.
Paul Pogba and Andreas Pereira had interesting roles at the weekend.

In our 'Influencers' section on the Match Centre, users can dig deep into all the players' involvement throughout the 90 minutes.

For instance, Diogo Dalot's influence as a second-half substitute becomes clearer and it is possible to see how Paul Pogba's defensive discipline was evident - particularly after being moved into a more central role in the second half, allowing Andreas Pereira, who bagged his first Premier League goal, to push forward.

Andreas kept his passing snappy, with 31 short passes and no long balls attempted, while, in contrast, Pogba made 10 long passes from a deeper position. Both had 81 per cent passing accuracy but the Brazil international made more successful passes (73%) than the Frenchman (60%) in the final third.

Captain Ashley Young saw more of the ball than anyone else on the pitch and had 103 touches, combining most with Chris Smalling. Each individual's 'best mate' is showcased in the Official App, which illustrates which colleague they passed most to.

With Luke Shaw also having a high number of touches, 91, it becomes obvious that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used the full-backs to good effect in a bid to break through the visiting defence.

Ashley Young and Chris Smalling
Ashley Young had the most passes on Saturday and fed Chris Smalling more than anyone else.

Two-goal Romelu Lukaku's Man-of-the-Match display was analysed by us after the game, using the Opta stats, and he was confirmed as the 'top influencer' in the 3-2 success.

The Saints game was the first time the live data was available to our App users but you can access previous games and, of course, it is another way of following the progress of the Champions League last-16 second leg at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, perhaps as a second-screen experience while viewing the tie on television?

The live view of who is influencing the game and assessing the ever-changing momentum will also be supported by our commentary and in-match insight from our reporters in the French capital.

Diogo Dalot's influence.
Diogo Dalot made an impact as a substitute against the Saints.

This is your way to follow any United match - and create your own unique insight into the action, even as it unfolds.

Download the Official Manchester United App to try the all-new Match Centre.

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