Why Manchester United shouldn't care about their pre-season defeats

Manchester United have already suffered two pre-season friendly defeats but it doesn’t matter.

The defeats to the Singha All-Stars and Yokohama F. Marinos have been blown out of proportion a little bit due to the fact David Moyes is the new man in charge, following on from the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Pre-season matches are about getting game minutes under the belt to ensure that players are fit and ready for action when the competitive games come round.

It’s all about improving the fitness of players, ensuring that all important members of the squad are doing the hard yards to be able to focus and concentrate late into games when it really matters.

No side should ever take any defeat lightly but there is plenty of evidence already this summer, looking back to this time last year, which suggests United are in just as good a shape heading into the new campaign.

The 2012/2013 pre-season campaign saw United win just three friendly matches before the opening league defeat away at Everton.

The side also managed to score more than one goal in a friendly match on one occasion during that pre-season, which came with the 4-3 win over German side Hannover.

United already have a goal difference of plus two based on their friendly games this summer, scoring more goals in two matches than they scored in the entire pre-season schedule last year.

You may be asking about the relevance of last season’s pre-season friendly schedule, well it’s very relevant because United went on to win the Premier League title, wrestling it back from Manchester City.

One of the realistic worries for David Moyes will be the signs of a leaky defence, which is something that could have cost United so dear over the first half of last season.

United haven’t kept a clean sheet yet in pre-season which is a worry and the club may not be able to use a get out of jail free card on so many occasions when the new Premier League campaign gets under way.

However, there are still three matches to be played before the Community Shield clash against Wigan Athletic and there is every chance United could win those games emphatically.

That would eclipse the defeats the club has already suffered in pre-season and create more positive feelings around the club, which is something that would definitely aid Moyes at the moment.

There’s no reason to panic just yet. United have the same pre-season goal difference than this time last year and the attack has been far more productive.

What have you made of United’s pre-season so far?

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