The Statistics Do Not Make A Strong Case For The Defence At Manchester United

Manchester United’s defensive woes continued as they were torn apart by Liverpool in a 5-0 home defeat on Sunday.

It came on the back of conceding four in last week’s defeat at Leicester while they also trailed 2-0 in the midweek Champions League clash with Atalanta before coming back to win 3-2.

That is their worst three-game defensive run for exactly 25 years, since losing 5-0 to Newcastle and 6-3 to Southampton in October 1996 either side of a 2-1 League Cup win over Swindon. Here, the PA news agency looks at the alarming trend and the statistics behind it.

Shoot on sight

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Manchester United have given up more shots on target this season than 18th-placed Burnley (PA graphic)

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Only five Premier League teams have faced more shots on target than United this season, a clear indicator that their defenders are not doing enough to prevent clear sights of goal.

That list finds them in unwanted company, with the possible exception of Leicester – and even they are underperforming, relative to recent seasons, in ninth place.

Rock-bottom Norwich have allowed 51 efforts on target, two worse than Leeds on 41 at the extreme of the figures. Newcastle and Leicester follow on 45 and Watford 44, with United next up on 42.

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The statistics do not make a strong case for the defence at Manchester United

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The statistics do not make a strong case for the defence at Manchester United