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EPL Week 24 Standout Stats: Misery in Manchester and Black Cats' Derby Delight

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01:  David Moyes of Manchester United shows his dissapointment as his side lose the Barclays premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at Britannia Stadium on February 1, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

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: 

To make matters worse for the Red Devils, the loss marked the first loss to Stoke since 1984:

 

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: 

 

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:

 

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. 

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: 

 

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90. 

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