Ferdinand calls for tighter Man Utd defence

Rio Ferdinand wants to bring an end to Manchester United’s leaky defence after the Premier League leaders conceded three goals against Newcastle United on Boxing Day, the Daily Mirror has reported.

United have made a habit of letting in goals this season, with the victory over the Magpies the eighth time in the current campaign that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have had to come from behind to take three points.

The numbers make for troubling reading for Ferguson, whose side have now – at the halfway point of the season – conceded only five fewer than they did in the entirety of the 2011/12 term.

United have conceded the most home goals of any side in the top eight, 13, while only West Bromwich Albion have conceded more goals away from home than the Red Devils. The Baggies have let in 16 goals to United’s 15, the same total as Tottenham Hotspur.

Ferdinand said: “When you’re conceding goals at any level, you want to stop it. We’ve let in far too many goals and need to change that.

We have to make a big effort to push on from a good position. If we’re going to maintain where we are, we have to sort ourselves out.

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