An alternative Premier League table based on 'performances' has been made

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Manchester United have made a disappointing start to the 2019/20 season.

There was some optimism after the club signed Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, but it’s slowly vanishing.

The Red Devils are in eighth-place, having only won one of their opening four matches.

That came in the impressive 4-0 victory over Chelsea but Man United haven’t tasted success since, drawing to Wolves and Southampton and losing to Crystal Palace.

It’s left supporters angry and upset, with the 1-1 draw against Southampton on Saturday reducing one lifelong fan to tears.

But things may not be as bad as Man United fans think.

Supporter UtdArena has devised an alternative Premier League table which is based on ‘performance’.

It considers expected goals that lead to expected points.

And this alternative table has United in second place - ahead of Liverpool.

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“There is no need to be reactionary and panic,” ‘UtdArena’ says.

How does it work?

Another fan explained how the table was worked out.

“For people asking how it’s calculated it’s expected goals basically from the shots United have taken and conceded, the quality/quantity of them,” they wrote.

"[It] shows we’ve been unlucky to concede as many as we have and unlucky to not score more in basic terms."

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So Man United should apparently be second, behind Manchester City.

Liverpool are third in this new table, with Chelsea, Southampton and Tottenham completing the top six.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are 12th.

Something to consider, or a load of nonsense?

Well, the alternative table does back up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s belief that his side just haven’t been clinical enough through their first four games.

“We started well, got the game where we wanted it and that's where you have to score the second and the third and finish it off,” the United boss said after the Southampton draw, per Reuters.

"We weren't clinical enough. We had loads of chances, and the last bit is missing. It's getting there though.

The three other games that we haven't won, we played better than against Chelsea.

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"We are dominating and creating chances but haven't been clinical enough in front of goal to win games.

"We have missed penalties, chances - it's a dip in results but not in form."

Maybe, just maybe, there is no cause for United fans to worry just yet.

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