Paul Pogba’s strike during Man United’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Thursday was the 100th goal that the Red Devils have netted so far this season.
This statistic comes across as an excellent one and perfectly illustrates the return to attacking football at the Old Trafford outfit. Under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, United now practically look to score every time they charge forward, the offensive intent looking especially sharp in the post-lockdown games.
What is even more remarkable about this century of goals scored is the way the tally can be broken up. The exceptional front-three has the lion’s share of impact here with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood’s collective tally across competitions contributing 56 goals. This is more than what Liverpool’s title-winning attacking trident has netted this season.
Further still, United have also recently begun to address another issue, which was the diversity or lack thereof amongst their goal-scoring ranks. Here too, excellence has been on display as the midfield is also placing itself as a goal-scoring threat on a regular basis. The addition of Bruno Fernandes and the goals he brings to the outfit has been the catalyst here and as the Red Devils will no doubt be excited to see, Paul Pogba’s strike during the Villa trip adds him to that list as well.
This adds a new dimension to United’s attack. The recent record-breaking run is evidence of the same change in philosophy and Solskjær’s reaction to the run speaks volumes about the mindset that is driving the club forward.
The prior reigns of Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were certainly focused on compact and defensive football whereas the Norwegian gaffer seems to be bringing a striker’s attacking ethos to this United side.
How many more goals can be scored before the season is over and will United carry on this knack for the campaigns ahead?