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Disgraced Man United set defensive Premier League record in Everton loss



Manchester United were ripped apart in the 4-0 disgrace handed to them by Everton in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Sunday, a result which saw the Red Devils set a record they will not be proud of, as the club has now conceded more goals than ever before in a Premier League season.

Goals from Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and substitute Theo Walcott saw United fall to a fifth successive defeat away from home, and worst of all take the number of goals conceded this season to 48 as their ambition to finish in the top four suffered a major setback.

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Having started so promisingly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club have now ended up conceding 17 goals in 17 league games under the Norwegian as the season continues to unravel for the former champions – still better a record than the 29 conceded in as many games under Jose Mourinho before the Portuguese was fired by the club in December.

Before this season, the last time United conceded this many goals in a season was in the early years of Sir Alex Ferguson’s long spell at Old Trafford, conceding 47 goals in the 1989/90 season and going by today’s performance, it is difficult to see how that record will not be surpassed.

Recall United were bundled out of the FA Cup to Wolverhampton Wanderers in March, before getting a lesson in football from Lionel Messi and Barcelona in a 4-0 aggregate demolition in the Champions League. That run has seen them go 11 matches without a clean sheet for the first time since November and December 1998.

The manner in which United conceded at Goodison Park would be cause for great concern for Solskjaer, with his defenders failing to clear a throw-in which saw the ball set up nicely for Richarlison to send a volley over David de Gea from close range.

A sleepy United midfield – Nemanja Matic was guilty of giving too much time and space – allowed Sigurdsson to fire a long range strike past De Gea who appeared sluggish in reacting to the effort despite having a clear sight of the incoming ball.

Everton’s third came as United defenders failed to clear their lines well enough and also failed to quickly close down Digne who thumped in a long range volley past the stranded De Gea as Everton, who completed the rout with Walcott’s late effort, returned to winning ways in fine manner having lost surprisingly at Fulham last time out.

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8 – David de Gea has now conceded eight goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season; the only PL season that he’s conceded more from long range was 2013-14 (9). Myopic.

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