Stat shows Man United hold lowest defensive line in the Premier League

Erik ten Hag is slowly and surely starting to mould Manchester United into his own team and the almost immediate introduction of his signings is the biggest tell so far.

Prior to his arrival, United had been dysfunctional for an extended period and it’s going to take longer than three months to restore any type of structure.

After losing the first two games, United are now on a four-game winning streak in the Premier League and Ten Hag’s laws are starting to take shape on the pitch.

Ten Hag has made changes to the backline, with four out of five players exchanged from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred back-four less than a year ago.

United have, however, not turned into pressing machines and have thus far preferred to control possession and sit deeper with their backline and this has been reflected by the stats, as seen below.

Courtesy of Markstats

United sit deeper than any other Premier League team with their backline and are 13th in terms of pressures per defensive action, which shows that Ten Hag’s ideas may take a while to be fully implemented.

United have faced teams who prefer to keep possession and naturally, especially in games against Liverpool and Arsenal, United’s backline is going to be deeper than normal.

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  1. I feel that this is due to ten Hag’s defend and counter style he took up after Brentford. We tend to sit deep more since then and who could blame him after those first two performances? But it’s working, so for now, can’t really complain about it 🤷‍♂️. Once we start to play ten Hag ball, I’m sure we’ll play a much higher line.

    Have a good day 👋.

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