Statman Dave is a Youtuber who creates content about football a lot of content is Manchester United related but his unbiased views and the way he breaks down the beautiful game discussing tactics, analysis, and players in the biggest matches across all European leagues.
His videos stem back to five years ago when he was recording videos in what looked like his room and doing match previews with a pen and paper. That being said, his content was still quality at that point. His journey, progression, and great videos are just some reasons I wanted to do a post and shed some light on his great work.
We’re living in times where football bloggers are becoming more a credential voice than TV pundits. This is because their, raw, honest, and instant approach relates to most football fans. Football bloggers tend to have a lot more freedom of speech and don’t shy away or dance around sticky topics.
Statistics and football
Now, I am not a huge fan of football statistics because in the modern game a lot of football fans use statistics only to support their opinion on whether a certain player is good or not or whether a certain team should have won that game. Although, statistics are facts they can be used in a way to manipulate, and are only one part of the game.
For example, a player might have 5 interceptions in a game which would indicate a great level of anticipations when in reality 3 of them interceptions could have been some really poor passes from the opposition.
A midfielder could cover the most ground on the football pitch with the most touches, statistics would say this is good right? but in reality, during the game, he lacked discipline and awareness and the opposition benefited from the spaces he vacated.
This is why I really like Statman Dave’s outlook on the game. He combines football statistics with his own views and analysis. He doesn’t rely on one or the other, he provides multiple examples to support what he is saying.
Football Tactics Explained
Statman Dave also looks at football tactics, the previous one being Bayerns 4-2-3-1 explained. He does this with a lot of teams and breaks down how they set up with and without the ball. Covering formation change in attack and defence, the art of the press (retrieving the ball), and much more. If you watch this video the go back and watch the Champions League final you’ll see exactly what Statman Dave is talking about. I have a wide knowledge of football and love to compare and contrast. So, at times I may not agree with Statman Dave but it’s good to listen to someones else’s knowledge on the game.
Features and credentials
Statman Dave’s consistency has led him to present a show called Box to Box. This show is on the official Manchester United YouTube channel broadcasted to their 3.1 million subscribers. He has interviewed players like Harry Maguire, Nemanja Matic, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to name a few.
Statman Dave has also featured on BBC Live Sport Radio, where you can listen to him on the Fantasy 606 podcast.
These are huge platforms to be on, which shows the big corporations are taking notice of him and his knowledge within the game.
Statman Dave’s social media
I first came across Statman Dave on YouTube. His YouTube videos are filled with so much quality views even if you don’t have the same opinion as him you still understand the points he wants to make. He goes into depth about how certain players could play together, how a team could line up and the tactics they might use to get a result, scout reports on players, his view on who a team should sign to improve, and in-depth match statistics. Statman Dave has a large social media following and is active across multiple platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and his own website. However, YouTube for me, is where I like to keep up to date with his latest videos.
His Twitter is mainly used for player stats and promoting his football manager streams and his FM FRIDAYS.
His Instagram usage is similar to Twitter. Although, he does post stories here, which has some interesting highlighted stories too, where you get a little insight of his life travels and the genuine type of guy he seems.
Linkedin is where you see the professional side to Dave and who he has worked with in the past. Also, where you can contact him for business queries.
His own website www.statmandave.com is where all his content is, from stories, blogs, and videos.
With a combined 456,000 subscribers across his social media channels, Statman Dave is a person held in high regard when it comes to football analysis. His understanding of the game along with his fair and honest approach is why so many football fans look for his opinion on football-related topics.
If you’re into football and I would recommend you follow Statman Dave on any of his socials that suit you best. He really opens up your mind about how a team can exploit the opposition and it makes you watch a football game in a more tactical way, rather than just a spectacle.