Revealed: The impact of United's Premier League subs

Monday 21 February 2022 10:56

Goals from Fred and Anthony Elanga in our 4-2 win over Leeds United on Sunday mean United substitutes have now scored 10 times in the Premier League this season.

Fred and Elanga were introduced from the bench on 67 minutes by Ralf Rangnick, with the game in the balance at 2-2 after Leeds' quickfire double at the beginning of the second half.

But the former struck the decisive goal within minutes of being introduced, before our homegrown teenager Anthony finished the job late on.

Ralf seems to have found a knack for knowing when to change the game via our reinforcements, with five of the subs' strikes coming during his 12-game tenure.

Edinson Cavani scored a vital late equaliser at Newcastle just after Christmas, while Marcus Rashford found the net twice in a matter of days against Brentford and West Ham, despite not starting either game.

Rashford has four goals as a substitute this season, which is more than any other Premier League player, as he also made it on to the scoresheet at Leicester and Tottenham in October, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was manager.

Jesse Lingard registered strikes versus Newcastle and West Ham the previous month, while our other substitute goal was scored by Donny van de Beek in the 4-1 defeat at Watford.

United lead the way on 10 from Liverpool and Manchester City, who each have six substitute goals.

We look well placed to top this particular chart for the second season in a row, with our replacements having registered 11 times in 2020/21.

Marcus Rashford celebrates following his stunning late winner against West Ham back in January.

The Leeds game was also the first time this term that two different subs have found the net in the same game.

You’d have to go back to February 2021 for the last example, when Anthony Martial hit a brace and Daniel James the final goal in our 9-0 shellacking of Southampton.

SUB GOALS IN 2021/22

Lingard v Newcastle (H) 4-1
Lingard v West Ham (A) 2-1
Rashford v Leicester (A) 2-4
Rashford v Spurs (A) 3-0
Van de Beek v Watford (A) 1-4
Cavani v Newcastle (A) 1-1
Rashford v Brentford (A) 3-1
Rashford v West Ham (H) 1-0
Fred v Leeds (A) 4-2
Elanga v Leeds (A) 4-2