Man United’s dismal statistics reveal why they have the joint-seventh worst defense in the Premier League – but Barnes believes he has a solution.

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Man United’s dismal statistics reveal why they have the joint-seventh worst defense in the Premier League – but Barnes believes he has a solution.

MANCHESTER UNITED’S defending has been abysmal this season, with the Red Devils’ defense ranking seventh in the Premier League in terms of statistics.

The club has only kept four clean sheets in 14 Premier League games, according to ex-Liverpool midfielder John Barnes, who believes it is because they don’t defend as a ‘complete team.’

United are last in the Premier League in terms of total tackles (139) and duels won (468).

They also rank second in the league in terms of aerial duels won (130) and interceptions (81).

Manchester United’s 17 goals conceded and two clean sheets give them some pride, but they are still the joint-worst stats in the league.

And they can consider themselves fortunate that it’s only the seventh worst in the Premier League, with their expected goals conceded ranking fifth worst among the 20 teams.

United has the fourth-fewest ball recoveries (606) of anyone this season, indicating a lack of desire to win the ball back.

Due to a slew of errors from players like club captain Harry Maguire, the club has also made seven errors that have resulted in shots, which is the second-worst in the league.

Maguire has three of them, while Luke Shaw has two.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, David De Gea, and Nemanja Matic have all made mistakes that have resulted in an opponent shot.

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On Thursday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held a crisis meeting with six of his senior players to try to figure out how to save United’s season.

They may be wishing Barnes was in the building with them, as he gave the Red Devils advice on how to shore up their defense.

“Nothing is wrong at the back for Manchester United,” Barnes said in an interview with BonusCodeBets.

They simply do not defend as a whole.

“If Liverpool’s back four are left to defend and no one else in the team tries to come back and assist, Liverpool will concede goals.”

“When Manchester United goes forward, they play incredibly well, and they have top-class individuals who can win them matches, but they don’t play as a team or defend as a team, and it’s so blatantly obvious. When they go forward, they play incredibly well, and they have top-class individuals who can win them matches.”

“However, unless all 11 players defend with 100% effort when they are out of possession, which they do not, they will continue to concede goals and be inconsistent.”

“They’ll keep scoring and playing attacking football, but they’ll continue to concede.”

They’ll always be inconsistent unless they solve that problem, because they’ll have to rely on individuals…

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