Whether you like it or not, all the talk about the nine matches in the English Premier League this weekend will revert to Manchester United.
The Red Devils were once again in the news for all the wrong reasons as they fell, 2-1, to Stoke on Saturday.
With Manchester City and Chelsea's title clash waiting for us on Monday, we only have a few hours left to talk about the struggles of David Moyes' side.
So why not have them lead off this week's edition of EPL standout stats?
Miserable Day for Manchester United
Turn away now, Manchester United fans, because it's about to get ugly.
By losing to Stoke at the Brittania Stadium on Saturday, the Red Devils lost their eighth game of the season.
The last time a Manchester United team lost eight games this early was the 1989-90 campaign:
8 - The last time that Manchester United lost as many as eight of their opening 24 games in a league season was in 1989-90 (11). Struggle.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 1, 2014
To make matters worse for the Red Devils, the loss marked the first loss to Stoke since 1984:
Stoke City beats Man United in league play for the first time since 1984, ending a 12-game winless streak.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) February 1, 2014
West Brom Hold Liverpool to Historic Result
The year 1984 gets a ton of love in this column this week because of another feat that was reached for the first time since George Orwell's favorite year.
With their 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns, West Brom and Liverpool played to a draw for the first time since October 6, 1984:
FT WBA 1-1 LIV: These two draw for the first time ever in the PL and for the first time in the top flight since 6 October 1984 (18 matches).— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) February 2, 2014
Sunderland's Derby Dominance
Gus Poyet's resurgent Sunderland squad continued to beat up on their biggest rival on Saturday with a 3-0 result in the Tyne-Wear derby over Newcastle.
The victory extended the Black Cats' winning streak against the Magpies to three matches, which is their longest since 1923:
Sunderland has won three straight games against Newcastle for the first time since 1922-23. #TyneWearDerby— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) February 1, 2014
Swansea's Not-so-Stellar Shots
While you were wrapped up in all the derby goodness from the Northeast on Saturday, West Ham and Swansea played at the same time at Upton Park.
The Hammers won the game, 2-0, a result that happened partly because of Swansea's inability to get a shot on target:
Bellamy Scores for Yet Another Club
Craig Bellamy has played for many clubs during his career, with most of his years spent in the English top flight.
Bellamy scored in the 49th minute in Cardiff City's 2-1 win over Norwich, which just happens to be one of his many former clubs.
The goal by the Welshman handed Bellamy the honor of scoring a goal for seven different clubs in the EPL:
Surplus of Southpaws Strike Superbly
Of the 19 goals scored by EPL clubs on Saturday afternoon, 11 of them came from left-footed players.
11 - There were 11 left-footed goals in the Premier League today; the most on a single day this season. Sinister.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 1, 2014
That number was good enough to be the best total of the season for the left-footed brigade, who were led by Charlie Adam.
Adam, who netted twice against Manchester United, scored his first brace in 1,050 days:
Charlie Adam netted his first EPL brace in 1,050 days. He last scored twice in one match for Blackpool vs Blackburn back in March 2011.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 1, 2014
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