Manchester United: 8 Ways to Improve Shaky Defense

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Manchester United: 8 Ways to Improve Shaky Defense

I'm not going to pull any punches—the Manchester United defence has been abysmal in their opening three matches of the 2012-13 Premier League season.

OK, so we're very early into the campaign, and the squad is suffering heavily (and I mean heavily) from injuries in this department at the moment, but does that really justify the performances that the United back four have been putting in?

Every single goal that opponents have scored against the Red Devils so far came almost directly as a result of a defensive error.

Fellaini was left unmarked and unchallenged in the United penalty area, Duff shrugged Ashley Young off the ball too easily to free himself up for an easy finish, David de Gea and Nemanja Vidic gifted Fulham a second, and both of Southampton's goals were scored because United's two wing-backs, Patrice Evra and Rafael, were unable to compete in the air with the Saints' attack force.

All in all, a pretty pathetic way to ship five goals.

Yes I'm being harsh, but this is far from what has come to be expected of United at the back over the years.

Just four seasons ago United went 1,311 minutes in the league without conceding. That entire season they let in just 24 goals.

If the current average for goals conceded this year keeps up then the Red Devils will be looking at a whopping 63 going in past de Gea or Anders Lindegaard.

Of course, that almost certainly wont be the case, but nevertheless improvements must be made.

Here is a list of suggestions (ignoring injuries) of how to get that nationally feared defence back up and running again.

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