Manchester United are bang average this season. They were painfully poor when they came up against Premier League leaders Liverpool and were second best all over the park conceding 36 shots, the most any one team has conceded in the division this season.
Things get worse when you delve deeper into the statistics of today’s game. United were so under the cosh for the 90 minutes that every single Liverpool outfield player managed to register a shot on goal! That includes the entire back four made up of Nathaniel Clyne, Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson whilst Xherdan Shaqiri became the first Liverpool man to score twice past Man Utd at Anfield since Dirk Kuyt did in 2011.
Comparing the two sides, there is now a gap of 19 points between Liverpool at the top of the tree and Manchester United down in sixth. That is the furthest that Liverpool have been ahead of United for 46 years! Tough reading for United fans continues when they realise that this is, in terms of points, the worst start they have EVER made to a Premier League season, accumulating just 26 points from their opening 17 games.
In fact, United are closer in terms of points (17) to Fulham at the bottom of the league, then they are to Liverpool at the top. Many of United’s problems this season lie with their defence. This statistic is simply astounding but Mourinho’s men have already conceded more goals this season after 17 games (29) than they had in the whole of last campaign (28). We are not even halfway through the season yet Jose!
Things must improve soon at Old Trafford otherwise Mourinho could be heading for the exit door. Even the much-maligned David Moyes was doing a better job than this!