Manchester United surpasses last season's goals-against tally in first 17 games

The 3-1 defeat at Liverpool means Manchester United's defence has already been more porous this season than in 38 games in 2017-18.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea   -  Getty Images

Manchester United has now conceded more Premier League goals this season than it did in the whole of 2017-18.

Jose Mourinho's side lost 3-1 to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, with Xherdan Shaqiri's double sealing the win after Jesse Lingard cancelled out Sadio Mane's opener.

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The result means United has let in 29 goals in its first 17 league matches of 2018-19, having only shipped 28 in the entirety of the previous campaign.

Mourinho's side sits sixth in the top flight, with five defeats and just seven wins, and its goal difference stands at zero.

Liverpool, which moved back to the top of the table, is 19 points above its bitter rival, with a goal difference of 30 and still no losses.

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