Comparing Darwin Nunez’s 2021-22 stats to Man Utd’s current strikers

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Benfica striker Darwin Nunez celebrates scoring against CD Santa Clara at Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, February 2022.

Manchester United will be in the market for a new striker this summer and are reportedly interested in Benfica and Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez – but how does he compare to United’s current options?

The Red Devils have experienced a tough Premier League campaign, and they are presently four points behind Arsenal, who have a game in hand and occupy the final Champions League spot.

They face the potential prospect of missing out on the competition next term, but United are still expected to spend heavily in the transfer market.

Interim boss and future advisor Ralf Rangnick has already confirmed plans for a younger striker with Edinson Cavani expected to leave when his contract expires in June and the future of Cristiano Ronaldo is still uncertain.

Benfica are looking for a fee of around €75 million (£63m) for Nunez, who has shone in the Champions League this season. The 22-year-old has scored four times against the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax during the Portuguese side’s run to the quarter-finals.

English audiences will get a closer look at Nunez as Benfica face Liverpool in the last eight but how would the Uruguay striker fit in at Old Trafford should he make the move?

We’ve compared Nunez’s 2021-22 league stats to the corresponding Premier League data of Ronaldo, Cavani, Rashford and Martial.

Goals
Darwin Nunez – 20
Cristiano Ronaldo – 12
Marcus Rashford – 4
Edinson Cavani – 2
Anthony Martial – 1

Assists
Cristiano Ronaldo – 3
Darwin Nunez – 2
Marcus Rashford – 2
Edinson Cavani – 1
Anthony Martial – 0

Minutes per goal
Darwin Nunez – 75.5
Cristiano Ronaldo – 159.9
Anthony Martial – 210
Marcus Rashford – 234
Edinson Cavani – 307

Minutes per goal or assist
Darwin Nunez – 68.6
Cristiano Ronaldo – 127.9
Marcus Rashford – 156
Edinson Cavani – 204.6
Anthony Martial – 210

Chances created per 90 minutes
Darwin Nunez – 1.4
Cristiano Ronaldo – 1.0
Marcus Rashford – 0.9
Edinson Cavani – 0.4
Anthony Martial – N/A

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Marcus Rashford – 2.0 (46.5%)
Darwin Nunez – 1.9 (50%)
Anthony Martial – 1.7 (56.6%)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 0.8 (61.5%)
Edinson Cavani – 0.6 (85.7%)

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Anthony Martial – 35.1 (81.7%)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 29.8 (82.1%)
Marcus Rashford – 29.2 (75.3%)
Edinson Cavani – 26.1 (75.8%)
Darwin Nunez – 17.5 (64.6%)

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 4.1 (3.3)
Darwin Nunez – 3.7 (2.9)
Edinson Cavani – 2.3 (2.0)
Anthony Martial – 2.1 (1.8)
Marcus Rashford – 1.8 (1.3)


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