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Onana’s record: MOST goal-leading mistakes in 5 years, leakiest defense in 61 YEARS! Ten Hag’s side sets group stage record early

Manchester United continues to establish unfortunate records this season, and Wednesday night in Turkey was no exception.

Despite initially holding a two-goal lead, Erik ten Hag’s team settled for a 3-3 draw in a rain-soaked Istanbul, adding to their trend of relinquishing advantages, evident in previous matches against Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen.

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This latest draw places United at the bottom of Group A with one round of games left. While there’s a slim chance of advancing to the knockout stages, the performances thus far suggest otherwise. The Champions League campaign has been historically dismal for United, marked by several damning statistics.

Leakiest Defense in 61 Years: This season marks Manchester United’s leakiest start across all competitions since the 1962-63 season, having conceded 43 goals in their first 20 games. Despite Harry Maguire’s improved form, the defense remains a significant concern, especially in the Champions League, where they’ve allowed three goals or more in four out of five matches.

Error-Prone Onana in a League of His Own: Goalkeeper Andre Onana shoulders part of the blame for United’s defensive struggles, with seven errors leading to goals in the Champions League since 2018-19. Onana’s recent mistakes, including gifting Hakim Ziyech two goals, raise questions about his performance, despite Ten Hag defending him. In comparison, Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer made three errors in three fewer games, highlighting Onana’s struggles.

A New Record (And Not a Good One!): Kerem Akturkoglu’s late goal in Istanbul secured a 3-3 draw and an unfortunate record for Manchester United. They became the first team to concede 14 goals in just five games in a Champions League campaign. With a rate of 2.8 goals conceded per game, United’s defensive performance has been historically poor, even though they are the top scorers in Group A with 12 goals.

Worst in Class: United’s 14 goals conceded in five games surpass any English team’s record in the Champions League. This eclipses their own previous record of 11 goals conceded in the 1994-95 campaign. They now occupy the top two spots in this undesirable podium, with the 1998-99 campaign taking the fourth spot, better only than Tottenham’s 11 goals in the 2019-20 season. The journey home for United’s defenders is undoubtedly

Alfred Saiki
Alfred Saiki
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