The stat which suggests United are mirroring arch rivals Liverpool

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Manchester United are the proud owners of an impressive attacking statistic.

There is a stat which suggests Manchester United are mirroring arch rivals Liverpool from last season.

United have scored more goals in the first half of a Premier League game this season than any other side as they become the team capable of getting ahead due to efficient fast starts.

Their problem has been at the other end with an inconsistent defence showing an inability in some matches to defend the leads, which have quickly been given to the team by the attack.

A perfect demonstration of just that was given in the 5-3 defeat away at Leicester City although United were playing with ten men for a portion of that game following the red card, which was shown to Tyler Blackett.

One of the main characteristics of Liverpool last season was the way they started matches quickly and put sides onto the back foot.

Liverpool used fast paced and free flowing football to get on top of sides and kill them off within the opening spells of matches, which quite often gave their defence a cushion as the opposition came back into the game.

Rival fans will point out that United haven’t really been tested by a Premier League big boy yet but it’s a healthy trait for Louis van Gaal’s team and something they will be looking to maintain over the first half of the season, heading into next year.

United are still perceived to have defensive weaknesses, which they can’t address via the transfer market until January, which means they may have to rely on quick starts and getting ahead when they head into games against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

It’s just another reason for fans to boast about the side’s impressive attack.

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