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Revealed that Manchester United are the worst for cheating

4 years ago

Manchester City may be walking the Premier League when it comes to points, but when it comes to cheating, there is nobody more prolific than their local rivals Manchester United.

Chris Smalling embarrassed himself on Sunday when taking an outrageous dive as he tried to get Jonjo Shelvey booked.

Instead, the Manchester United Captain was shown the yellow card and even better, Newcastle scored the winner from the resulting  free-kick.

In his weekly stats column for Sky Sports, Martin Tyler was asked which Premier League club had picked up the most bookings for diving/cheating since August 2016.

When he investigated, Tyler found out that no club has picked up more yellow cards for ‘simulation’ than Jose Mourinho’s team.

As well as Smalling against Newcastle, both Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera have also been booked for diving this season.

Whilst Paul Pogba was also pulled up for this offence last season in the Premier League when Manchester United played West Ham.

Manchester United lead the cheats table with Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, as they have also picked up four yellows for diving.

When it comes to individuals, Dele Alli and Leroy Sane lad the way. They are the only players to have picked up two bookings for diving since August 2016, according to Martin Tyler.

Newcastle have had one player cautioned for ‘simulation’ and that was Dwight Gayle in the 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City on 27 December 2017.

At the time, Alan Shearer went mad with the Newcastle striker as he felt Gayle had gone down looking for a penalty when he could and should have scored instead.

Martin Tyler league table of Premier League bookings for ‘simulation’ since start of 2017/18:


Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Man Utd


Man City, Swansea, Tottenham, West Ham


Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Leicester, Liverpool, Stoke, Sunderland


Brighton, Everton, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Southampton, Watford, West Brom




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