Premier League: Stats Show Manchester United Has One of the Worst Conversion Rates This Season

Premier League: Stats Show Manchester United Has One of the Worst Conversion Rates This Season

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Manchester United has one of the worst conversion rates in the Premier League
  • The Red Devils have found the back of the net just 13 times in 12 games so far
  • Data shows Newcastle United have been the most clinical side so far this season

In football, the difference between a good side and an average one is often the ability to take chances.

This has proven to be true in the Premier League, as some of the clubs with the worst conversion rates are struggling in the English top flight.

Conversion rate takes into account the number of shots a team has had this season relative to the number of goals that have been scored.

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Bruno Fernandes after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Luton Town at Old Trafford on November 11, 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo by Visionhaus
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In this sense, Manchester United ranks relatively low in terms of their conversion rate as they have been among the bluntest clubs in the EPL this season.

As per the Premier League website, the Red Devils have scored a mere 13 goals in 12 games, with their forwards struggling to break down most defences.

In their last outing just before the international break, United scraped past Fulham thanks to a late goal by Bruno Fernandes, which earned the side a narrow 1-0 win.

While the result took Erik ten Hag’s men to sixth place on the log, it did little to mask the underlying problem within the club - scoring goals.

United ranks 16th in the conversion rate table with a lowly 6.1% conversion rate.

Clubs with the best conversion rates

In contrast, Newcastle United has the best conversion rate in the Premier League, as Eddie Howe’s side has proven they can create and take chances.

The Magpies are first in the rankings in this criteria as they have scored 27 goals from 166 shots on goal, giving them an impressive 16.3% conversion rate.

Manchester City come in second with a 14.3% conversion rate, while Unai Emery’s Aston Villa are an impressive third place, with a conversion rate of 13.4 %.

The top four is rounded off by Arsenal, who have scored 26 goals from 206 shots on target, giving them a 12.5% conversion rate.

Other clubs that make up the top 10 include West Ham (12.4 %), Brighton and Hove Albion (11.0 %), Tottenham Hotspur (10.6 %), Liverpool (8.9 %), Chelsea (8.9 %) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (8.6 %), as per data on Transfermarkt.

United's key Premier League fixtures

United will be hoping to find their goal-scoring spark when they visit Everton in what promises to be a cracker on Sunday, November 26.

Newcastle might find it hard to continue their impressive conversion rate as the injury-stricken side host Chelsea on Saturday.

The weekend will kick off with the biggest game of the bunch, as Man City host Liverpool in a top-of-the-table clash. Tottenham host Aston Villa on Sunday, while title chasers Arsenal will be away at Brentford.

Why David Raya won’t play against Brentford

Sports Brief also reported why David Raya will not feature for Arsenal in the London derby against Brentford on November 25.

Raya has been a mainstay figure in the Gunners' starting XI, with Mikel Arteta showing a clear preference for him over Aaron Ramsdale.

Arsenal reportedly put off paying a significant fee for the keeper when he arrived in a bid to avoid breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

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