Manchester United’s front three have been the talk of the footballing world since the Premier League’s restart.
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have been on fire for the Red Devils, scoring a combined total of 58 goals in all competitions in 2019/20.
For the first time since the Sir Alex Ferguson era, United have an exciting forward line capable of putting opposing defences to the sword and scoring freely.
Both Rashford and Martial have scored 21 goals in all competitions, while teenage sensation Greenwood has added 16 of his own.
But how do they compare to other attacking trios across Europe? In summary, pretty well. Below, we’ve provided the nine most prolific front threes in European football in order, with United in fifth.
9. Real Madrid (30 goals)
Karim Benzema – 24
Vinicius Junior – 5
Eden Hazard – 1
Benzema has pretty much been a one-man band in attack for Los Blancos this season and they’re still on course to win La Liga.
Captain Sergio Ramos is actually the club’s second top scorer with 12 in all competitions, but given he’s a centre-back by trade, we sadly can’t include him on this list.
8. Borussia Dortmund (48 goals)
Jadon Sancho – 20
Erling Haaland – 16
Marco Reus – 12
The numbers from Dortmund’s trio are even more impressive when you factor in that Sancho is the only member of the trident to have played the full season for the club.
Haaland only joined in January, while Reus has been confined to the treatment table for prolonged spells.
7. Liverpool (54 goals)
Mohamed Salah – 23
Sadio Mane – 20
Roberto Firmino – 11
Liverpool’s famous front three have had far from their best season as a goal scoring unit, with Firmino yet to find the back of the net at Anfield in the Premier League.
But will they care? Absolutely not, because all three are newly-crowned champions of England. Trophies over goals every single day!
=5. Juventus (58 goals)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 32
Paulo Dybala – 17
Gonzalo Higuain – 9
United’s front three are level with Juve’s in terms of goals scored, which is a mighty fine achievement.
Ronaldo has scored 28 goals in as many games in Serie A, while Dybala has scored four times since Italian football’s restart back in June.
=5. Man Utd (58 goals)
Marcus Rashford – 21
Anthony Martial – 21
Mason Greenwood – 16
Don’t forget, Rashford missed around two months of action through injury before English football was brought to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic.
4. Barcelona (60 goals)
Lionel Messi – 27
Luis Suarez – 18
Antoine Griezmann – 15
It’s not quite the ‘MSN’, but the newly-formed ‘MSG’ have still scored a very healthy number of goals in 2019/20.
Messi has, of course, been the main man in attack, with Suarez missing a sizeable chunk of the season through injury. Griezmann’s return of 15 goals is certainly not enough to justify his £108m price tag.
3. Man City (62 goals)
Raheem Sterling – 27
Sergio Aguero – 23
Riyad Mahrez – 12
City are only ahead of United by four goals at the time of writing and they can owe much of their advantage to Sterling’s hat-trick away at Brighton on Saturday.
With Aguero ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury, United’s trio could still catch up to their noisy neighbours before the end of the campaign.
2. Paris Saint-Germain (68 goals*)
Kylian Mbappe – 30
Mauro Icardi – 20
Neymar – 18
The reason there’s an Asterix next to PSG’s tally of goals is because the French season was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the Parisians having only played 27 league games.
That’s how prolific Mbappe, Icardi and Neymar have been. Some will reply with the classic ‘it’s a farmers league’, but real fans will respect the ridiculous output from PSG’s attacking trident.
1. Bayern Munich (83 goals)
Robert Lewandowski – 51
Serge Gnabry – 20
Thomas Muller – 12
Lewandowski on his own has scored nearly as many goals as United’s front three and only three less than Liverpool’s three-pronged forward line.
It’s why the Pole is one of the big favourites to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or, with both Gnabry and Muller also chipping in with their fair share of goals too.
We can’t see United equalling the tallies of PSG and Bayern this season, but take nothing away from their goal scoring brilliance over the past year.
Unlike other front threes on this list, the Red Devils’ have age on their side, with Martial the oldest of the three at 24-years-old and Greenwood still just 18.
Sadly for opposing defenders, they’re only going to get better.
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