You can count on one hand the number of times Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have all started the same match this season.
That only makes their prolific goalscoring records even more impressive, and it is a great sign for the future.
All three started against Sheffield United in midweek, with Anthony Martial grabbing his first ever club hat-trick in a 3-0 win.
He is up to 19 goals for the season in all competitions, equal with Marcus Rashford, with Mason Greenwood not far behind on 12 goals.
This trio have 50 goals combined and rank among the top six in Europe, when adjusted to include only the five major leagues in England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany, according to Transfermarkt data.
Above some big names
Bayern Munich sit top of the list, with Robert Lewandowski scoring a freakish 48 goals all by himself. Add goals from Serge Gnabry (19) and Thomas Muller (11) and they have 78 in total.
PSG’s trio of Kylian Mbappe (30), Mauro Icardi (20) and Neymar (18) follow with 68. Manchester City (62), RB Leipzig (58), and Barcelona (54) are next.
Then there is Manchester United’s young trio of Martial, Rashford, and Greenwood on 50 goals combined.
This is above Juventus’ trio of Cristiano Ronaldo (26), Gonzalo Higuain (8) and Paulo Dybala (14) who combine for 48 goals.
United’s trio rank above Liverpool’s strikeforce who have 47 combined, with Roberto Firmino’s tally of nine letting them down.
To be fair Borussia Dortmund would overtake United, as Erling Haaland is on 16 goals after just half a season. Add in 20 from Jadon Sancho and 12 from Marco Reus, and they are on 48.
It can get better
There is context which can be applied. It is easier for Mason Greenwood to score in Europa League matches, than it is for Gonzalo Higuain in the Champions League, for instance.
Yet that doesn’t take into account the achievement of young Greenwood, just 18, to reach double figures in his first professional season.
You can also say though, that scoring in the Premier League is harder than it is for PSG’s stars to do in Ligue 1.
What makes United’s trio remarkable, is how young the players are. There is a lot more to come from three forwards with an average age of just 21.
Perhaps next year it will be Jadon Sancho too as United’s third man, linking up with increasingly prolific teammates Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Part of the problem for United is that Rashford and Martial have not played together enough.
Rashford toiled early in the season when Martial was injured, and then the Frenchman had to play without Rashford after his injury in January.
We saw what they can do together in midweek, as Rashford provided two assists for Martial to help him towards his hat-trick.
Statistics may be meaningless if United miss out on the top four and do not win a trophy, but as a barometer of progress, the goals scored by United’s trio are really encouraging.
If they get more chances to start together between now and the end of the season, we wouldn’t like to guess how many they might end up with.
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