Who Is Most to Blame for Manchester United's Defensive Woes?

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Who Is Most to Blame for Manchester United's Defensive Woes?
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The biggest question being asked about Manchester United has been the defensive woes in early season. 

Sunday was a major break—in 12 previous matches, United had on eight occasions conceded the first goal. That's unheard of. Against Chelsea they inflicted that experience on the League leaders.

It's not surprising that fans had been blaming the defence, because United have had to score three goals to win. Luckily they have the best firepower in the division.

So let's be clear. We're not looking for scapegoats or sacrificial lambs here. Otherwise there would be a queue to slaughter Michael Carrick, because most people want to blame him for everything. They probably thought he was to blame against Braga for agreeing to play centre back.

Let's consider some possible hypotheses.

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