Thursday 29 September 2016

Manchester United disappoint in front of goal in 2015-16

Published 17/05/2016 | 22:16

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has presided over the club's least prolific Barclays Premier League season
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has presided over the club's least prolific Barclays Premier League season

Louis van Gaal has presided over Manchester United's most toothless Barclays Premier League season.

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Tuesday night's 3-1 win in the re-arranged game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford took United's goal tally for the campaign to just 49, nine fewer than the 58 they scored in 2004-05, when they finished third behind Chelsea and Arsenal.

In addition, their goals have come at a rate of just 1.29 a game, the lowest in the club's Premier League history.

Anthony Martial is the leading scorer with 11 in the league with England skipper Wayne Rooney having managed just eight and Juan Mata two behind.

The news will come as no surprise to disgruntled fans who have bemoaned the club's lack of attacking intent under Van Gaal this season.

However, the trend is simply a continuation of a decline which coincides with Sir Alex Ferguson's departure at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

The Scot's last two seasons at the helm saw the club score a total of 175 - the three since he left have yielded the same number.

This latest figures are in stark contract to those from their most prolific campaign in 1999-2000, when they found the back of the net on 97 occasions at an average of 2.55 goals per game as they lifted the title and beat Arsenal into second place by 18 points.

Indeed, it is only the third time in 28 seasons that United have failed to score 50 goals or more with the 45 they managed in 1988-89 at 1.18 per game the lowest of Ferguson's then fledgling reign.

CURRENT SEASON

2015-16: Matches: 38 Goals: 49 Goals per game: 1.29

BEST PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON

1999-2000: Matches: 38 Goals: 97 Goals per game: 2.55

PREVIOUS WORST PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON

2004-05: Matches: 38 Goals: 58 goals per game: 1.53

LOWEST IN THE SIR ALEX FERGUSON ERA

1988-89: Matches: 38 Goals: 45 Goals per game: 1.18

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