The secret behind Manchester United’s impressive defensive record ahead of Brighton WSL fixture – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United defender Amy Turner believes the club’s excellent defensive record is down to having former England international Casey Stoney as their manager.

United have conceded just four times in all competitions this season and three of those goals have come in the league against three of the four sides sitting above Stoney’s team.

There’s an air of frustration around the club over those three defeats against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all games lost by a single goal and the squad are hoping to iron out those small mistakes as they strive to get back to winning ways in the league, after a 1-0 defeat to Emma Hayes’ side last time out, against Brighton at home on Sunday.

“It was definitely annoying in all of those games,” Turner told MEN Sport. “If you look at it it was a penalty against Chelsea, a wondergoal against City and a late winner at Arsenal. It’s frustrating but we know teams are going to come here and struggle to break us down and I think that’s something we have in our advantage.”

But while they’re frustrated at conceding and even kicking themselves over letting one in against Leicester in the Continental Cup on Thursday in a game that they won 11-1 their defensive record since they formed last season has been impecable.

“It’s massive bonus to have a former defender as a coach. Casey does a lot of work on getting the structure right and it’s something we have all bought in to and I think because we respect her and take on board everything she says,” Turner explained. “She’s got so much experience and has played in a lot of big games so she can pass on that advice.

“We feel we really benefit from that from playing under Casey. We do a lot of one v ones in training, probably once a week and at the back we’re really good one v one defenders and we have that advantage over other teams.”

And while the back four and goalkeeper Mary Earps are rightly lauded for their solid displays Turner explained why the forwards are just as important in keeping a clean sheet.

“We set our targets at the start of the season and we said how valuable being strong defensively would be. If you look at successful teams in this league they don’t concede many goals. We knew how important that would be. We’ve worked hard on it,” Turner said. “Not just as a defensive unit with the back four and the goalkeeper but all over the pitch.

“Higher up we are relentless in our press and that makes our jobs at the back a bit easier. It’s something we have worked on. The goals we have conceded against the likes of Arsenal, City and Chelsea. We have looked at that goals and really studied it and worked hard to make sure we correct certain things.”

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