Cardiff’s opening goal versus Manchester United this afternoon saw the Red Devils match a thoroughly-unwanted club record.
Man United vs Cardiff
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are currently locked in action with Championship-bound Cardiff at Old Trafford.
United headed into proceedings with little to play for, having seen their top-4 hopes brought to a definitive end following a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield last weekend.
Ahead of kick-off, the Premier League’s top-6 looked as follows:
In addition, United’s stalemate at the John Smith’s Stadium meant that the Red Devils headed into this afternoon’s matchup on a 5-match winless streak across all competitions.
Cardiff in front
And their hopes of turning this abysmal streak around could not have gotten off to a much worse start versus Cardiff.
After Diogo Dalot was adjudged to have fouled Nathaniel Mendez-Laing in the hosts’ box with a little over 20 minutes on the clock, the Cardiff hitman dusted himself down to dispatch the ensuing spot-kick beyond David de Gea.
Bad to worse for Man Utd…
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 12, 2019
United’s defensive woes
And Cardiff’s opener at Old Trafford has since given rise to a pair of remarkable statistics, showcasing just how porous Manchester United’s backline has been, particularly over the second-half of the season.
First off, amid David de Gea’s struggles for form, Solskjaer’s men are without a clean sheet since the end of February, when they picked up a credible 0-0 draw versus Liverpool:
Man Utd haven’t kept a clean sheet in 15 games in all competitions.
The club’s worst run in 49 years. pic.twitter.com/bB9Rv4sAne
— bet365 (@bet365) May 12, 2019
In addition, in 19 home outings in the Premier League this season, the Manchester giants have kept just 2 clean sheets:
2 – Manchester United have only kept two home clean sheets in the Premier League this season, their fewest at Old Trafford in a top-flight campaign since 1962-63. Leaky.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 12, 2019