Solskjaer has improved Man Utd defensively – only three Premier League teams have conceded fewer goals

By | 10th October 2019

MANCHESTER UNITED have finally found the holy grail fourth place they have been dying for – thanks to their defence.

Amid the doom and gloom, it may surprise some sceptics to know that only three Premier League sides have conceded fewer goals than the Red Devils in 2019/20.

Former forward Solskjaer hasn’t had much to smile about lately
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With eight let in across the opening eight games, only miserly Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Liverpool boast better records at the back.

What’s more, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is comfortably beating Jose Mourinho’s comparative numbers at this stage last season despite the Portuguese coach being known for his tightfisted approach.

The stats reveal how United have allowed 78 shots so far this campaign, 30 of which were on target.

That tops Mourinho’s tally of 83 shots conceded in the first eight games of the last campaign with almost half testing David de Gea, 38.

That sturdiness has helped the team accrue a pair of clean sheets, double what they had earned by this stage a year ago.

They still have some way to go to match their former boss’ run in the 2017/18 season. Mou’s defensive doggedness shined as they conceded a mere 28 goals en route to second place.

What the figures also show is the staggering drop-off experienced by the Old Trafford attack.

Mourinho’s side of 2018/19 hit a healthy 13 goals by the end of the eighth game and Solskjaer’s frontline is currently struggling along at just over one goal per game.

Mourinho’s usual defensive competence slipped in his last season
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Wan-Bissaka is proving a great buy at £50m
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That puts them in lower mid-table amongst the current Prem crop with four of those nine strikes coming on the opening day.

But the defensive improvement will be a worthy plus-point for the under-fire Norwegian.

Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were big money signings that have actually lived up to their billing so far, the right-back in particular continuing his stunning form at Palace.

A huge test of their organisation is on the horizon though – Liverpool are next up at Old Trafford after the international break.

This post written by Marc Mayo originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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