The most concerning statistic for Manchester United

Manchester United have made more errors that have led to shots against them so far this season than any other side in the division.

Manchester United may be waking up in the Champions League places this morning at the early stage of the season, but if they want to stay there then manager Louis van Gaal knows there are areas the side needs to improve.

What was highlighted in the summer was that the defence needed to improve and there is one particular statistic that may be cause for concern - with United making the most errors leading to shots against them so far this Premier League season.

  Error Lead To ShotPlayed
Manchester United 7 7
Newcastle United 5 7
Everton 5 7
Tottenham Hotspur 4 7
Queens Park Rangers 4 7
Swansea City 4 7
Chelsea 4 7
Arsenal 4 7

At the moment, there is at least one error being made per game leading to a shot. Yesterday saw United make it two competitive wins on the bounce under Louis van Gaal as they overcame Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford. There were goals from star summer signings Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao - but they largely had goalkeeper David De Gea to thank for a string of fine saves yesterday lunchtime.

No doubt van Gaal will have looked at the back line and tried to work on the training ground to get his players to tighten up, and not give away any easy chances.

From their opening seven games so far, United have kept just the two clean sheets and will want to improve on that number as well. Youngsters at the back including Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have played - as has new signing Marcos Rojo. Van Gaal will be hoping in time, and with players returning from injury in the future that more defensive solidity will come.

There will be times when strikers can have an off day, whilst they can't always rely on terrific performances from their goalkeeper to see them through games. There will be the time when they need their defence needs to step up and be counted.

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