Manchester United can claim their defence is Europe's best

Manchester United

English champions Manchester United topped their Champions League group to qualify for the next round of 16 in which they will face Greek champions Olympiakos.

The Red Devils have endured a tough start to the season domestically following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson but, in the Champions League, United have the best defensive record across all 24 teams in the competition so far.

David Moyes’ side kept an impressive four clean sheets in their six games in the group stages against Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad, finishing out the group with 14 points.

United conceded the fewest goals, joint with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, allowing just three goals to be scored against them, averaging 0.5 goals conceded per game so far.

United also became the first and only English Premier League side to keep out Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk who have scored against all Premier League opposition in their 7 previous clashes with English sides.

United allowed just 12 shots on target against them in their six games, averaging just 2 shots on target against them per game so far in the Champions League, fewer than any other team in the competition with just 25% of the shots on target finding their way into the back of the net.

United’s imminent clash with Olympiakos will provide them with a test and an opportunity to solidify their defence – the Greek giants came second in their group behind French champions Paris Saint-Germain with 10 points via winning three, drawing one and losing two of their six games, scoring 10 goals and conceding 8.

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