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Manchester United turned into a bit of a laughing stock on social media on Saturday night after reaching an unwanted milestone during their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.
Last summer, the club hired supposedly revolutionary coach Eric Ramsay – poaching him from rivals Chelsea – to help them with set-pieces, but statistics suggest he's had a detrimental effect on the team.
United have now taken over 100 corners in the Premier League this season and haven't scored from any of them – making it the worst set-piece record in the top flight.
Ramsay, 29, is a renowned set-piece specialist and joined the Red Devils with the specific remit of addressing one of last season's most troublesome issues.
Throughout the previous campaign, only Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United conceded more goals from set-pieces than United, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided he needed to take action.
While Ramsay seems to have had a reasonable impact defensively – as only five teams have conceded fewer goals from set-pieces than United this season – it's now attacking set-pieces where the club's problems lie.
The little-known Ramsay previously worked at Shrewsbury Town and Swansea City and was given a glowing recommendation from former United first-team coach Kieran McKenna, who left the club last month to take over at Ipswich Town.
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The Red Devils threw away a two-goal lead at Villa Park on Saturday after conceding two late goals.
A Bruno Fernandes brace had given United what felt like a comfortable lead, but a debuting Phillipe Coutinho turned the game on its head, setting up one and scoring the other as Villa completed a memorable turnaround.
The game was also marred after United interim head coach Ralf Rangnick claimed that Anthony Martial refused to take part in the match, something the Frenchman later refuted.
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