Jose Mourinho will be desperate for his struggling Manchester United side to put their defensive woes behind them against the Premier League’s bottom club Fulham but the form book suggests they may struggle to do so.
An exciting, if error-strewn, 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford in midweek means United have conceded 25 goals in their 15 Premier League games to date – more than four times the number conceded by Liverpool.
Alarmingly, only the division’s bottom five teams have a worse defensive record and United have managed to record just two clean sheets all season – in a win at Burnley and a goalless home draw with Crystal Palace.
Even more remarkably, in the two complete seasons under Mourinho’s management, United conceded just 29 goals in 2016-17 and 28 goals last season.
That leaves United facing the real prospect of overtaking those marks for an entire campaign before the turn of the year.
Injuries have certainly not helped Mourinho’s cause but nor has his general tendency this season to chop and change his team selections.
Against Arsenal, Mourinho made seven changes from the weekend draw at Southampton, meaning he has made a total of 46 in the opening 15 games, more than any other team.
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