Manchester United have not scored five in a game since May 2013

Manchester United have not scored five or more goals in a Premier League match since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge in May 2013… while rivals Man City have done so on 21 occasions in that time!

  • Many people are criticising Manchester United’s lack of attacking threats
  • The last time they scored five in a game was in May 2013 against West Brom 
  • The 5-5 draw was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge of Manchester United
  • Since then, rivals Manchester City have managed the feat an incredible 21 times 

Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge of Manchester United was a thrilling affair, ending in an unlikely 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

That game was on May 19, 2013, and marks the last time Manchester United scored five times in a single match. 

Since then, 86 different teams have scored five times in an English league game. And United’s closest rivals Manchester City have done it an incredible 21 times. 

City scored six against Southampton at the weekend to go clear at the top of the Premier league

Manchester City scored six against Southampton at the weekend and are clear at the top

It's the 21st time Manchester City have scored five or more since the last time United did it

It’s the 21st time Manchester City have scored five or more since the last time United did it

Jose Mourinho has come under fire as Manchester United are not performing well in the league

Jose Mourinho has come under fire as Manchester United are not performing well in the league

Duncan Alexander posted the amazing statistic on Twitter, showing that the rest of United’s main rivals have all done it a number of times in the past five years. 

City have done it by far and away the most number of times with 21, their most recent effort coming just this weekend when they defeated Southampton 6-1.

Liverpool have done it 12 times, Tottenham nine times, Arsenal eight times, and Chelsea seven times.

Even Accrington have scored at least five in a single game four times since May 2013. Other surprising teams to make it on the list are MK Dons with eight, Peterborough with eight, and Cambridge with five.  

Critics have often bemoaned the current United squad’s lack of attacking prowess, despite the obvious talent that the players have. 

The last time United scored five was against West Brom in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game

The last time United scored five was against West Brom in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game

Manchester City pose the most dangerous attacking threat this season, scoring 33 times so far

Manchester City pose the most dangerous attacking threat this season, scoring 33 times so far

Meanwhile Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku hasn't scored a goal since September 15

Meanwhile Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored a goal since September 15

Front man Romelu Lukaku hasn’t scored for Manchester United since September 15 when he netted against Watford. Since then, he’s gone nine games without a goal, although he did score twice for Belgium against Switzerland.

The irony of the matter is that Lukaku scored a second half hat-trick for West Bromwich Albion in that fateful 5-5 draw in May 2013.

Alexis Sanchez has also been a disappointment for the club since arriving from Arsenal. In his 20 matches for the club so far, he’s only scored three times. He as at least provided a handful of assists. 

United’s top scorer this season is Antony Martial with five. Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero has seven goals for City, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has seven for Arsenal, and Eden Hazard has seven for Chelsea. Harry Kane and Sadio Mane both have six goals for Spurs and Liverpool respectively too.

Manchester United are currently seventh in the league, behind Bournemouth on goal difference, and fans will be hoping their forwards can get in the goals soon.  


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