Premier League - Burnley vs Manchester United - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - January 20, 2018 Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action with Burnley's Scott Arfield Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
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United are yet to concede a goal in 2018 and have gone 504 minutes since their defence was last breached, when Burnley midfielder Steven Defour's free-kick beat David de Gea on Boxing Day.Along with Chelsea, United have the stingiest defence in the division -- each have conceded just 16 goals -- and Smalling credited Mourinho's work in forming that solid base following the 1-0 win over the Clarets Saturday.Smalling has started the past two games at the heart of the defence with Phil Jones in a center-back partnership which has not always been available to United's managers due to injuries to both men.
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