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Numbers: Lionel Messi reaches 400, David De Gea saves Manchester United

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's controversial penalty against Brighton and what's caused Manchester United's resurgence.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down the key factors that guided Manchester United to a statement victory over top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Craig Burley and Steve Nicol are unsure Gareth Southgate will suit Man United after reports listed him as a potential long-term replacement.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side are not the Harlem Globetrotters, and must get results as well as show good performances.

Lionel Messi hit another milestone as Barcelona swatted Eibar aside 3-0 to maintain their five-point lead atop La Liga. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer passed his first 'real' tactical test with a tough 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal stumbled at West Ham, losing 1-0 while Liverpool saw off Brighton by the same score with a performance that screamed substance over style.

Here are the best of the numbers from this week's football action.


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Lionel Messi is now the first player to score 400 goals in...

Weekend numbers: Ronaldo's missed 50, flying Reds and another PogBrace

The FC crew answer your tweets on the length of Unai Emery's honeymoon at Arsenal, Neil Warnock's success at Cardiff, New Year's resolutions and more.
Manchester City beat Southampton to end their losing run, but Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol examine why teams are no longer afraid of the champions.
With a third successive win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop assess the marked differences in Man United's play.
Stewart Robson and Peter Walton discuss the big refereeing decisions from the weekend's football action.
After Manchester City's win at Southampton, Steve Nicol says the returns of David Silva and Sergio Aguero will help steady the reigning champions.
Steve Nicol breaks down Manchester United's latest win over Bournemouth and the turnaround of Paul Pogba since United sacked Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United's star man Paul Pogba says he's happy with his teams recent offensive performances, after a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
ESPN take a look back at a year Paul Pogba will never forget.

Liverpool ended the year with a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal, while Manchester United continued their impressive start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, brushing aside Bournemouth 4-1. Over in Italy, Juventus entered the winter after a VAR-controversy fueled 2-1 win over Sampdoria thanks to a brace from... who else, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Here, then, are the best of the numbers from the last bit of footballing action in 2018.


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Roberto Firmino's hat trick is the sixth in fixtures between Liverpool and Arsenal...

Weekend numbers: Solskjaer does a Ferguson, Hodgson does a Redknapp

Kylian Mbappe found the net for the twelfth time this season for PSG, as the league leaders secured another three points at Parc des Princes.
Craig Burley reflects on Ole Gunnar's Solskjaer's fantastic start as Manchester United manager.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought smiles back to Manchester United, while Manchester City suffered a shock defeat this weekend. Elsewhere, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (again) as Real Madrid went on to win the Club World Cup. 

It's been an eventful weekend in football, and here are the best numbers from it:


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Since 2010, there have only been two instances in which a player from Europe's Top 5 Leagues has at least 15 goals and 10 assists through 17 match days. On both occasions, it's...

Weekend numbers: Messi's 43rd hat trick for Barcelona; Ronaldo gets Juve's 5000th

The FC crew answer your tweets on Liverpool's chances of winning the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's ability to manage a top side again and more.
Gab Marcotti believes the personality issue between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho is merely the Man United manager's attempt to create a scapegoat.
Following Manchester United's resounding defeat at Liverpool, Craig Burley slams the club's lack of leadership, from the boardroom to the pitch.
Jose Mourinho did not appreciate getting asked if he has the backing of the dressing room following Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.
With Liverpool getting their first league win over Manchester United since 2014, FC's Shaka Hislop examines the gulf in class between the two sides.
Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop break down Arsenal's surprising loss to Southampton, and determine if more defensive struggles are on the horizon for the Gunners.

Liverpool went back to the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 3-1 win over Manchester United, while Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to yet another milestone with a goal in their 1-0 derby win against Torino. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi did Lionel Messi things (scored three, assisted two) as Barcelona thrashed Levante 5-0. Here are the best numbers from the weekend's action:


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Lionel Messi is the first player to reach double figures for both goals (14) and assists (10) in the top...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

By the numbers: Ronaldo equals 51-year-old record, Lukaku ends drought

The FC crew answer your tweets on where Divock Origi's goal ranks among the luckiest of all time, Kane vs. Aubameyang and much more.

A feisty North London derby, a tepid Manchester United performance, a "rare" Real Madrid win, a ruthless Manchester City performance, a milestone for Cristiano Ronaldo, a madcap finish to the Merseyside derby, a first league draw for PSG... this weekend had it all. Here are the best numbers from this weekend's football.


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Liverpool have scored more 90 (+) minute winners vs. Everton than any side has vs. another in Premier League history. They are now unbeaten in their last 21 games vs Everton...