How United scored 100 goals in 2019/20 so far
Paul Pogba’s second-half strike against Aston Villa on Thursday means Manchester United have now reached 100 goals in all competitions in 2019/20.
The Reds are the third Premier League side – after Manchester City and Liverpool – to rack up the century, and we could significantly add to our tally, with four top-flight matches, plus, at the very least, two cup games still to play.
It’s only the third time in the last seven seasons that we’ve reached triple figures for total goals scored, and 2016/17’s final tally of 105 strikes should be superseded before the campaign is out – although the all-time club record of 143 recorded during the 1956/57 campaign is still some way off!
Here’s a breakdown of how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have racked up a ton this season, starting with who has made it on to the scoresheet…
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SHARING THE LOAD
United’s century of goals has been shared between 20 different players – the most in any one campaign since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the club, in 2012/13.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford lead the way with 20 goals apiece, with Mason Greenwood close behind on 16. An additional nine players, including January signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo, have registered multiple strikes for the club, with eight further men managing one goal, including Ashley Young, who has now left the club. Oh, and there have been two own goals scored in our favour, too!
Here’s a complete list of our scorers this season:
Martial and Rashford – 20
Greenwood – 16
Fernandes – 8
Ighalo and McTominay – 5
James – 4
Maguire and Mata – 3
Andreas, Fred and Lingard – 2
Lindelof, Pogba, Williams, Dalot, Jones, Matic, Shaw and Young – 1
Own goals – 2
As you might expect, the majority of the Reds’ strikes have come in the Premier League, with our recent goal glut since the restart moving us on to 59 in the goals-for column. Consecutive 5-0 wins, over Club Brugge and LASK, in the Europa League, mean we’ve now hit 21 in continental competition. The remaining 20 goals are split between the domestic cup competitions, with 12 arriving in the Emirates FA Cup and eight in the Carabao Cup.
Premier League – 59
Europa League – 21
Emirates FA Cup – 12
Carabao Cup – 8
HOME OR AWAY?
Our goals this season have been fairly evenly spread, with 56 coming at Old Trafford and 44 arriving away from home. Eleven of those strikes on the road came across just two games, though – with our 6-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers just pipping the 5-0 demolition of LASK in March, as our most convincing away result of the season.
HOW THEY WERE SCORED
The Reds have netted 14 of our 100 goals this season from the spot, with Rashford (7), Fernandes (4), Mata, Greenwood and Martial (one each) successfully converting from 12 yards. Fernandes and Rashford have also struck home one free-kick each. In total, 79 of our goals have been scored from inside the box, and a further 21 from outside.
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FANS OR NO FANS?
Finally, in this most unusual of seasons, it’s interesting to note that our goalscoring has ramped up in the recent behind-closed-doors matches. Since the LASK match in Austria was played out in front of hordes of empty seats, we’ve notched 22 times in seven matches, as opposed to 78 in 46 before our vocal support. Of course, the Reds were scoring freely prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and, we’re sure that when supporters are allowed back in stadiums, the goals will continue to flow!