During the 2009-10 English Premier League season, current European champions Chelsea printed their names in the history books of English football, as the Blues became the first team ever to cross the 100-goal barrier in a single campaign, with 103 strikes.
Before Chelsea’s triumphant term, Sir Alex Ferguson-led Manchester United team of the 1999-2000 season held the record for the most goals (97) in a season.
However, the current Red Devils team is on the road to regain the ‘English scoring supremacy’ and become the second ever side to enter the illustrious ‘century club’.
Having already netted in 57 goals in 23 games, United have the most productive attack in England at the moment, with 16 different scorers, including defenders like Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans.
The arrival of the Flying Dutchman, Robin van Persie, has been arguably the prime reason why United are firing on the attacking front and averaging more than two goals per game.
The addition of the former Arsenal captain means that Sir Alex now possess four reliable and consistent strikers in his ranks, each capable of producing the required goods in front of the goal on any given day.
The first-two choices, Van Persie and Rooney, have tormented the opposition’s backline this term and it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the duo contribute for almost half (25) of the goals scored by the team.
Mexican Javier Hernandez too has been a constant goal provider, having in-fact, scored more times than Rooney (eight, as compared to Roo’s seven), and although Danny Welbeck has just hit the back of the net once, his overall contributions in the final-third have been admirable and it might just a matter of time before he starts scoring on a regular basis.
United current scoring ratio of 2.48 goals is less than the 2.7 ratio of the Chelsea team of the 2009-10 season and would will see them end the season at 94 goals, nine less than what the Blues managed.
However, these statistics don’t take into account some vital factors like the level of competition and injuries to key players.
The Red Devils average 2.48 goals after having faced all the top-six clubs, baring Arsenal, and also making the tricky trips to Goodison Park and St. James’ Park.
Added to that, Untied have also missed the services of Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, Luis Nani, among other for several games and if the injury setbacks don’t concern the Red Devils in a similar extent during the next 15 matchweeks, beating Chelsea’s 103-goal mark should not be a very hard task for Ferguson’s troops.
Surely something to look out for at the end of the season.
What better way to get one back at their “Noisy Neighbours” than winning the league and becoming the highest-scoring team of all time.965452