Comparing Salah’s Liverpool record with Van Nistelrooy’s at Man Utd

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Liverpool's Mo Salah, Anfield, November 20, 2021.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is securing his status as a Premier League legend – but how does his record compare to one of the competition’s greatest-ever goalscorers, Ruud Van Nistelrooy?

Van Nistelrooy remains one of Manchester United’s most prolific strikers, having averaged 30 goals a season across the five years he spent at Old Trafford.

Salah is now into his fifth season on Merseyside and has stayed largely injury-free during that time, and he’s now made more appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds than Van Nistelrooy ever did for United.

The Liverpool star is a different kind of attacker to penalty area specialist Van Nistelrooy. Absolutely deadly from anywhere within the 18-yard box, the Dutchman was a pure No.9, whereas Salah is nominally a wide forward, causing havoc by cutting inside.

But their goalscoring records are remarkably similar, and absolutely mindblowing. Van Nistelrooy still boasts the best goals-per-game record of any Manchester United player in the Premier League era, and the same is true of Salah at Liverpool.

Here’s how the two great goalscorers compare.

Mohamed Salah

Games: 225
Starts: 210
Sub appearances: 15

Goals: 144
Assists: 66

Penalties scored: 27

Minutes per goal: 128
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 157
Minutes per goal or assist: 87

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Games: 219
Starts: 198
Sub appearances: 21

Goals: 150
Assists: 22

Penalties scored: 42

Minutes per goal: 118
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 163
Minutes per goal or assist: 102


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