Cardiff City Evidenced Manchester United’s Defensive Problems

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Image Courtesy of Cardiff City’s Official Facebook Page

Manchester United traveled all the way to Wales to take on Cardiff City on a thrilling Premier League encounter this Sunday.

Despite the fact that the game ended in a tie, both had plenty of chances to grab the lead late in the game. The Red Devils had a good attacking performance, but ultimately got caught up, thanks to some defensive mistakes that the Welsh side was able to take advantage from.

Despite the fact that David Moyes’ side led the game on two occasions – Wayne Rooney scored the opener and Patrice Evra put The Red Devils up 2-1 before halftime – Cardiff was able to come back, and even when the goals were netted by their own merit, it’s clear that the defensive mistakes committed by the United defenders also took a part in the sequence.

The first goal was scored by former Manchester United striker Frazier Campbell, who took advantage of a through ball against the lackluster defending of Chris Smalling and a poor closing angle from David De Gea. The second goal, on the other hand, occurred after a free kick in the dying minutes of the match.

A long cross found Korean striker Bo-Kyung Kim alone in the box, and he netted the ball past the Spanish goalkeeper. A team that was supposed to compete for the title like Manchester United simply can’t concede goals late, especially against teams they should easily beat. The defensive struggles have been present all season long for the Old Trafford outfit, and they need to solve them sooner rather than later.

Otherwise, they will have serious issues late in the year if they want to maintain title chances until the last weeks of the campaign.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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