Reds' international scoring streaks

Friday 17 November 2023 14:07

Scott McTominay's hot scoring streak for Scotland has yielded seven goals in seven European Championship qualifiers for the Manchester United midfielder.

The homegrown Red, also performing well for Erik ten Hag's side and winning our Player of the Month award for October, found the net again in the 2-2 draw in Georgia on Thursday, with Steve Clarke's men already assured of a place in the finals in Germany next year.

 

Of course, Rasmus Hojlund's bid to top the scorers' list in the qualifiers has been halted due to the injury that has ruled him out of the final two fixtures for Denmark.

Scott's streak has prompted us to take a look at some other impressive runs of international form in front of goal for United men during the Premier League era...

ROMELU LUKAKU (BELGIUM) - 9 in 6 | 7 in 4 | 5 in 3

The centre-forward has always been a prolific marksman for his country, indeed he is currently joint-top of the Euro 2024 qualifying scorers' chart, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

During his time at Old Trafford, between 2017 and 2019, he spearheaded the Rode Duivels' attack and enjoyed remarkable bursts of form. A spell of nine goals in six outings included a hat-trick against Gibraltar and, after a rare blank in a 0-0 draw with Portugal, he hit seven in four games, two of which came at the 2018 World Cup finals.

A burst of five in three fixtures followed, including one against Scotland in September, 2018.

MAROUANE FELLAINI (BELGIUM) - 6 in 4

Maybe not an obvious choice but Lukaku's team-mate was always a threat, particularly aerially, and enjoyed one rich vein of form for Belgium. In 2015, he scored six times in four matches, starting with a brace in a 5-0 beating of Wales. After notching the only goal in Israel, he bagged another double, albeit in a 4-3 reverse to France.

Although he missed another clash with Wales, he was on the scoresheet again when earning his next cap, against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

CRISTIANO RONALDO (PORTUGAL) - 5 in 5 | 6 in 3

With 128 goals in 204 caps, after bagging the opener against Liechtenstein this week, the global icon was bound to feature here. In 2004, he hit five in five World Cup qualifying games, ironically only failing to find the net in a 2-2 draw with Thursday's opponents.

However, most of his many strikes for Portugal have come since he left United first time around, for Real Madrid in 2009.

During his second stint with the Reds, our no.7 smashed six goals in three games for his country and, as previously mentioned, nobody has more Euro 2024 goals than him at the time of writing.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE (NETHERLANDS) - 7 in 5 | 5 in 5

Our stellar signing from Arsenal carried his domestic form onto the international stage, claiming seven in five appearances in 2013. The deadly Dutchman hit a hat-trick when captaining the Netherlands to an 8-1 World Cup qualifying demolition of Hungary, after claiming both strikes in a 2-0 away triumph against Andorra.

Everybody remembers his impact in the finals in Brazil, with his brace against Spain and strike against Australia making it a streak of five in five caps for Louis van Gaal's men.

 

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ERIC CANTONA (FRANCE) - 4 in 3

L'Enfant Terrible matured into a catalyst for United and enjoyed a fruitful international partnership with Jean-Pierre Papin. After some success earlier in his career with Les Bleus, the classy forward joined the Reds in a shock switch from Leeds United, having recently scored two in two for his country.

In the following year, he kept the streak going with a goal in Israel and, after missing a match with Austria, his double defeated Sweden 2-1. Despite only playing for 45 minutes against Russia, he found the net again to end the run on six in five games.

MARCUS RASHFORD (ENGLAND) - 4 in 4

Our current no.10 is preparing to face Malta at Wembley and he has had one particularly good run of form in front of goal for Gareth Southgate's men.

The forward managed to net in four successive international appearances - against Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo and Belgium - in 2019 and 2020.

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RUUD VAN NISTELROOY (NETHERLANDS) - 4 in 3

The master poacher celebrated clinching his protracted move to United in the April of 2001, but the transfer was not finalised until July, which means he was not technically a Red for the first two matches of a run of seven goals in six internationals, including one against England.

At the Euro 2004 finals, Ruud claimed four in three matches for the Dutch, showcasing his remarkable striking talents.

DIMITAR BERBATOV (BULGARIA) - 7 in 5

The classy centre-forward embarked on a stunning run of form for Bulgaria throughout 2009. Goals in matches against Montenegro, Italy and Cyprus preceded a hat-trick in a 6-2 victory over Georgia in a World Cup qualifier.

A brace in a 4-1 success away to Malta ensured a purple patch of seven in only five caps for somebody who netted 48 times in 78 caps for his country.

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DWIGHT YORKE (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO) - 6 in 5

The Treble winner missed a lot of international football but there was a stretch in 2000 when he regularly contributed goals for Trinidad & Tobago. In the Gold Cup, he netted against Guatemala and two separate fixtures with Haiti, before a brace in a 4-2 friendly defeat to Jamaica.

A World Cup qualifying strike in Canada, in a 2-0 triumph, made it six in five outings for the Caribbean nation.

JAVIER HERNANDEZ (MEXICO) - 7 in 4

Chicharito is definitely worthy of a mention after also appearing in the Gold Cup. In 2011, the United striker was a driving force behind Mexico's run to the final of the tournament, where they were ultimately pipped to the trophy by USA. However, it was some showing by Hernandez, who claimed a hat-trick against El Salvador, two versus Cuba and a goal a piece in ties with Guatemala and Honduras.

It registered a run of seven in four games and, stretching back further, 11 in 11 for El Tri.

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