A widely circulated compilation highlights that Manchester United has consistently conceded nearly identical goals on numerous occasions this season.
The team suffered its 14th loss of the campaign against Nottingham Forest on Saturday night, marking the club’s worst start to a season since 1930/31.
While a 3-2 comeback win against Aston Villa on Boxing Day provided a glimmer of hope, the recent defeat at the City Ground showcased familiar issues for Erik ten Hag’s side.
The viral compilation underscores the recurrent nature of the defensive challenges faced by Manchester United throughout the season.
Nicolas Dominguez and Morgan Gibbs-White both scored in a 2-1 win for Forest and the goals were eerily similar.
They came from cut-backs from the right side, with Gonzalo Montiel and Anthony Elanga the providers.
Yet this type of goal has been a regular one to concede for United and a video shows just how often it has occured.
all cutbacks United have conceded this season
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Arsenal, Brighton, Bayern Munich, Galatasaray, Copenhagen, Bournemouth and now Forest have all take advantage of the huge amount of space made available by United.
Time and time again United did not track the runners and were ultimately punished.
All of the clips in question saw United lose the game and you suspect that opposition sides look at the situation as one they can exploit when they do their pre-match briefing.
Against Forest, Ten Hag made the decision to substitute youngster Kobbie Mainoo at half-time in place of Scott McTominay.
The call was a tactical one, though many felt as though Mainoo would have been well positioned to deal with the scenarios.
Yet Ten Hag defended the move to bring on McTominay, who has been playing further forward this season.
In his press conference, he said: “Scott [McTominay] brought energy, I think the second half was much better on our side.
“The first goal, when you analyse it well, has nothing to do with the midfield.
“The second goal came from poor communication.”
United are back in action on 8 January when they take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup third round, before they host Spurs in the league just under a week later.