Manchester United bottom in distance covered table - Liverpool top

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Manchester United's strong start to the Premier League season has stalled in recent days after defeats against Manchester City and Watford.

With Jose Mourinho's side also tasting defeat in the Europa League last Thursday, United fans are searching for answers as frustration grows at Old Trafford.

A graphic published by The Mirror today detailing the distance covered by every Premier League team might have just pinpointed one of the major issues.

The statistics are fairly damning, with Manchester United coming in dead last amongst all 20 top division clubs having covered just 526.6 kilometres through their first five Premier League fixtures.

To put that into perspective, their long-time rivals, Liverpool, are currently leading the way with 581.6 kilometres to their name. Manchester City (570.7 km) and Tottenham (565.9 km) make up the top three.

Having failed to match both Man City and Watford recently, the work rate of United's expensively assembled squad has been brought into question.

And, when you consider that only one other team - Sunderland - have failed to rack up at least 533 kilometres this season, the statistics seem to back up the suggestion amongst some Red Devils supporters that their team isn't working hard enough to win games.

The fact that Jurgen Klopp's high-energy Liverpool side are topping the chart will only rub salt in the wounds at Old Trafford.

Of course, covering more ground isn't a sure fire way to get the three points on match day. However, with City and Liverpool arguably the two most impressive teams in the league right now, it does suggest there is a correlation between it and success.

Working harder

At the very least, seeing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and co. putting in the hard yards to chase down possession on a more regular basis would go down well with supporters struggling to understand the team's recent slump in form.

Mourinho will no doubt be aware of this damning statistic above, and will be working towards finding a solution in the coming days.

Having already publicly called out Luke Shaw for a perceived failure to close down Watford in the run up to the Hornets' second goal yesterday, he clearly doesn't need telling twice that his players have to show more effort.

United's next chance to move themselves up both the distance covered and actual league table will come next weekend when the face reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.

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