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Manchester United: Can United Score 100 EPL Goals This Year?

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 07:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between SC Braga and Manchester United at the Estadio AXA on November 7, 2012 in Braga, Portugal.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IINovember 13, 2012

Seemingly not content with their attacking brilliance so far this season, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson delivered a fascinating challenge for his team this year—he wants them to score 100 goals in the English Premier League.

The Red Devils have currently scored 29 goals through their opening 11 league matches, and the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have been simply unstoppable in attack this year, leading to Ferguson delivering the goal-scoring challenge for his team.

Per The Guardian:

It would be nice to think that we could do it [score 100 goals in a season]. That season in 2000, when we were one goal short of 100 in the league [actually three], the last game was at Villa Park—we had the opportunity but didn't quite make it.

The satisfying thing for me is the goals around the team. Fifteen different scorers is quite healthy. It's getting ridiculous now because [Jonny] Evans and [Patrice] Evra have scored two—they've doubled their tally in the careers.

But we will take them from anyone. As long as the strikers are scoring and we [are] winning matches...

Only one team has managed to break the century mark in a single season in the Premier League era—Chelsea, who achieved the feat in the 2009/10 season.

United's highest total in a season came in the 1999/2000 season that Ferguson mentioned above, where they finished with 97 goals, but they have never been able to break the 100-goal barrier. 

Not yet, anyway.

You'd have to say that Manchester United's current attack is easily the strongest they've put together in recent seasons—even stronger than when Dimitar Berbatov was at his peak and Wayne Rooney was combining beautifully with him.

The arrival of Robin van Persie has given United another dimension in attack, with the Dutch international already on track for another 30-plus season in the goal scoring column. And when you combine that with Rooney and the recent breakout play of Javier Hernandez, 100 goals might not be out of the equation for United.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men currently have 29 goals through their opening 11 league matches—an average of 2.64 goals per game—which would see them finish at a total of exactly 100 goals at the end of the 38-game Premier League season.

I kid you not—exactly 100 goals. Do the math.

United have only been kept under two goals once this season, and whilst they do still have some tough defensive units to face this year (Sunderland twice, West Ham twice, Stoke away and Arsenal away), they are roughly on track to break the century mark.

Definitely a story to watch out for this year, particularly towards the end of the season as the chances for goals become fewer and fewer.

100 goals and a league title would truly be a year to remember for United.

 

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