United They Stand, Defensively They Fall

Manchester United are renowned for their comebacks over the years, and this season has been no exception. The Red Devils have had to come from behind at Southampton, Aston Villa and Liverpool, to name a few. The past 7 days have proved that you will eventually lose points if your defensive capabilities are no match for your attacking repertoire.

Man Utd’s total of 15 comeback points in the PL this season is already five times as many as they managed in 2011-12

Having already conceded 18 goals this season, Manchester United’s defence have been tried and tested this season and are so far unproven. If not for the wonders of four world class strikers in the names of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and new signing Robin van Persie, United’s points tally would be significantly lower than the current 27 point total they obtain.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have conceded 8 goals in the 15 mins leading up to half time, the most of any Premier League side this season. Following their two straight defeats to Norwich City and Galatasaray in the Premier League and Champions League respectively, the Red Devils defensive attributes have had the spotlight brightly shone on them, and rightfully so. An aging Rio Ferdinand, injury-prone Nemanja Vidic, inexperienced Chris Smalling do not scream of a defensive back line worthy of a trophy. It is worth noting, with a strong and resilient Johnny Evans, who can only get better, Manchester United always have a chance, in this writer’s opinion.

However, as we all know, once the winter period comes to fruition, United will suddenly spring to life and kick it into high gear. All other clubs will be put on notice, that is for sure. If the defence of Fergie’s men can be sorted, they may just be unstoppable.


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