Comparing Moussa Dembele’s 2021-22 stats to Man Utd’s current strikers

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Moussa Dembele celebrates scoring for Lyon against Paris FC at the Stade Charlety. December 17, 2021.

Manchester United are looking to bolster their attacking options in the summer and have now been linked with Lyon’s Moussa Dembele.

United have struggled in front of goal this season, missing plenty of clear cut chances and scoring just 45 goals in 28 Premier League games.

“It’s not only about Cristiano Ronaldo,” interim United manager Ralf Rangnick told the press in February. “He should score more goals, it’s obvious.

“I think we are creating enough chances and enough opportunities in the last couple of games but we just didn’t score enough goals, but this is not only an issue with Cristiano, it’s an issue with the other players, especially the offensive players. We don’t score enough goals.”

Ronaldo will reportedly look to leave in the summer if United don’t qualify for the Champions League and Edinson Cavani’s contract is set to expire.

Marcus Rashford has also been linked with a move to PSG and Anthony Martial is currently on loan at Sevllla after falling out of favour at United.

According to the Daily Mail, United are now monitoring Dembele and sent scouts to watch the striker in Lyon’s recent 1-0 victory over Porto.

The striker came through the ranks at Fulham before helping Scottish side Celtic win the domestic treble in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

He moved to Lyon in 2018 and has scored 54 goals for the club, including two goals in a 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League in 2020.

His Lyon contract expires at the end of the 2022-23 season and could reportedly be available for as little as £25million this summer.

We’ve compared Dembele’s 2021-22 Ligue 1 stats to the corresponding Premier League data of Ronaldo, Cavani, Rashford and Martial.

Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo – 9
Moussa Dembele – 9
Marcus Rashford – 4
Edinson Cavani – 2
Anthony Martial – 1

Assists
Cristiano Ronaldo – 3
Moussa Dembele – 2
Edinson Cavani – 2
Marcus Rashford – 2
Anthony Martial – 0

Minutes per goal
Moussa Dembele – 140.5
Cristiano Ronaldo – 204
Anthony Martial – 210
Marcus Rashford – 217
Edinson Cavani – 302

Minutes per goal or assist
Moussa Dembele – 115
Marcus Rashford – 144.6
Cristiano Ronaldo – 153
Edinson Cavani – 201.3
Anthony Martial – 210

Chances created per 90 minutes
Moussa Dembele – 1.1
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 – 2.2 (46.8%)
Anthony Martial – 1.7 (56.6%)
Moussa Dembele – 0.9 (60%)
Edinson Cavani – 0.6 (100%)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 0.5 (38.4%)

 

READ: Comparing Man Utd’s record with & without Marcus Rashford since 2020

Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Anthony Martial – 35.1 (81.7%)
Marcus Rashford – 29.8 (74.6%)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 29.2 (81.2%)
Edinson Cavani – 25.5 (77.2%)
Moussa Dembele – 18.1 (64.3%)

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)
Cristiano Ronaldo – 3.9 (3.1)
Moussa Dembele – 3.0 (2.7)
Edinson Cavani – 2.4 (2.0)
Anthony Martial – 2.1 (1.8)
Marcus Rashford – 2.0 (1.4)


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