sport news The damning stats behind 's dismal start: They can't stop ... trends now

sport news The damning stats behind 's dismal start: They can't stop ... trends now
sport news The damning stats behind Manchester United's dismal start: They can't stop ... trends now

sport news The damning stats behind Manchester United's dismal start: They can't stop ... trends now

When it rains, it pours – and for Manchester United, they're in the middle of an almighty storm.

Erik ten Hag has endured a difficult start to the new season, with the United boss having to deal with off-the-pitch issues – involving Jadon Sancho, Antony and Mason Greenwood – not helping his case.

But things haven't been much better on the pitch, either, and Wednesday night's 4-3 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League saw them pick up the unwanted record of conceding three or more goals in three consecutive games for the first time since 1978.

While United aren't the first English side to be torn apart by Bayern Munich, the fact that the four goals on Wednesday followed 3-1 defeats by Brighton and Arsenal in the Premier League show that something is not right on the red side of Manchester.

In total, United have conceded a whopping 14 goals in all competitions and the pressure to turn things around for Ten Hag is only increasing.

Manchester United have endured a woeful start to the 2023-24 campaign, losing four games

Manchester United have endured a woeful start to the 2023-24 campaign, losing four games

Erik ten Hag's United side have conceded 14 goals in all competitions already

United’s new £47.2million goalkeeper Andre Onana has endured a tough start to life at Old Trafford

Erik ten Hag's (left) United side have conceded 14 goals in all competitions already

His players caught plenty of flak for the manner in which they gave up two goals in the first half against Bayern, while the fourth goal they conceded at the Allianz Arena highlighted a real drop from a team that showed real promise last season and finished third.

And while stats don't always paint the full picture, this season's numbers show how standards have dropped in a number of key areas.

Last season, United managed 1.7 goals a game in all competitions, which saw Marcus Rashford enjoy one of his best campaigns in a United shirt.

However, when looking at the first six games from this season, United's goals per game has dropped to 1.5. Not totally significant especially when new arrival Ramus Hojlund looks promising from what

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