United lead way for scoring substitutes
Manchester United know all about the importance of substitutes coming off the bench to score vital goals, the vivid memories of the Nou Camp in May 1999 tell us that much.
This season, the Reds are continuing to show how football is a squad game, with players entering the pitch and having the desired impact.
In Saturday's dramatic climax at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial fed Edinson Cavani and his centre was turned in from close range by Marcus Rashford. All three had been introduced by interim manager Ralf Rangnick as the Reds sought the breakthrough that propelled us above West Ham United and into the top four of the Premier League.
And nobody has done this better in 2021/22.
This was the eighth time a substitute has found the net for United in the division this term and the fourth occasion that Rashford has come up trumps. He did so against Brentford, of course, during last week's 3-1 win, and also at Leicester City and Tottenham.
Jesse Lingard has managed it twice, at the start of the campaign against Newcastle United and West Ham, who were undone in the closing stages of both league meetings.
Donny van de Beek came on at Watford to head home within five minutes of the second half, while Cavani earned a point at Newcastle with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw, just after Christmas.
Marcus's four goals have come from six substitute appearances this season, while fellow England international Emile Smith Rowe, of Arsenal, is next best with three in five.
Former Red Danny Welbeck joined a host of players in joint-third spot on two strikes when coming off the bench and earning Brighton & Hove Albion a 1-1 draw at Leicester City on Sunday.
When also including the stats from the last campaign, the Reds have the leading two marksmen as subs in Cavani (6) and Rashford (5).
PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS BY SUBS
1. UNITED 8
2. Liverpool 6
3. Arsenal 5
3. Crystal Palace 5
3. Manchester City 5
TOP SUB SCORERS IN LAST TWO SEASONS
1. EDINSON CAVANI (UNITED) 6
2. MARCUS RASHFORD (UNITED) 5
3. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) 4
4. Rodrigo (Leeds United) 4