Manchester United ace, Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck the two goals in the 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday and the Big Swede’s goal record at the same stage of the season surpasses that of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie.
The 35-year old has so far scored 16 goals since his summer move from Paris St Germain to Old Trafford. No player has scored more goals at this stage of the season at the club since Ruud van Nistelrooy managed 18 goals in 2002.
Robin van Persie scored 15 goals at the same stage in the 2012/2013 season and that season happened to be the player’s most prolific campaign for the Red Devils. He struck a whopping 30 goals during the season and no other Man United player has managed to beat that goal haul since 2012.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s best at the same stage of the season came in the 2007/2008 campaign when he scored 14 goals, a record which was matched by Wayne Rooney four years later.
But Rooney and Ronaldo’s goal haul was later surpassed by van Persie in his debut season at Old Trafford in 2012.
Goals for Man United at This Stage of the Season
Ruud van Nistelrooy (2002) – 18
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2016) – 16
Robin van Persie (2012) – 15
Cristiano Ronaldo (2007) – 14
Wayne Rooney (2011) – 14
Next up for Manchester United is a home game against Sunderland as they prepare to come up against former manager David Moyes. They will be looking to make it five wins in a row in all competitions to mount pressure on the top four clubs.