Ongoing sense of shambles at Manchester United is unsustainable | Jonathan Wilson

Ten Hag’s side have conceded 308 shots in 14 games but goal stats show weird openness is hard for opponents to deal with

Everybody’s done it. The door looks heavy or stiff, so you give it an almighty shove, only to find the expected resistance isn’t there so you tumble through, falling flat on your face. Erik ten Hag’s genius has been to take an everyday pratfall and turn it into a philosophy.

On Sunday Liverpool, astonishingly, fell victim to the trick for the second time in three weeks. The first time put them out of the Cup; this second, although a draw rather than a defeat, cost them leadership of the league.

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