Anthony Martial closing on Manchester United goal record shared by Wayne Rooney
By Kate Burlaga
Last Updated: 10/04/16 4:53pm
Anthony Martial netted a milestone goal for Manchester United against Everton - and the young Frenchman is closing in on his own club record.
Martial scored his 13th of the season and United's 1,000th home goal in the Premier League when he turned home Tim Fosu-Mensah's cross to seal a 1-0 win on Super Sunday.
And the landmark strike means the Frenchman is edging ever nearer to the record for goals scored by Manchester United teenagers in their first full season.
Brian Kidd scored 17 times during a 1967/68 debut campaign he began as an 18-year-old under Sir Matt Busby and that tally has only so far been matched by Wayne Rooney's identical haul in 2004/05.
Martial, who was 19 at the start of the current campaign but turned 20 in December, sits behind Norman Whiteside in a list of illustrious names and above Sir Bobby Charlton, who came through the ranks to score 12 goals in just 17 games as an 18-year-old in 1956/57.
A 17-year-old Ryan Giggs fired seven goals in his first full season with the first team - a tally that sees him tied with Paul Scholes - while another Old Trafford icon, George Best, found the back of the net six times as a 17-year-old in 1963/64.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously lured an 18-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo - "one of the most exciting young players I've ever seen" - for £12m from Sporting Lisbon back in 2003.
But the Portuguese forward - who went on to score 118 goals in six seasons - managed less than half the amount registered so far by Martial in his debut term.
Anthony Martial has scored in five different competitions this season: Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo previously did that for United in 2008/09.
Martial - who has already matched Ronaldo by scoring in five different competitions this season - has ample chance to usurp Kidd and Rooney at the top of the charts.
United have seven Premier League fixtures and at least one FA Cup game - a sixth-round replay - remaining, meaning the former Monaco man has a minimum of eight games in which to seek the five goals that would make the record his.
Teenage Manchester United hotshots
|Player||Age / Season||Games||Goals|
|Brian Kidd||18 in 67/68||50||17|
|Wayne Rooney||18 in 04/05||37 (6)||17|
|Norman Whiteside||17 in 82/83||57||14|
|Anthony Martial||19 in 15/16||37 (3)||13|
|Bobby Charlton||18 in 56/57||17||12|
|Andy Ritchie||17 in 78/79||19 (2)||10|
|Ryan Giggs||17 in 91/92||41 (10)||7|
|Paul Scholes||19 in 94/95||10 (15)||7|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||18 in 03/04||24 (16)||6|
|George Best||17 in 63/64||26||6|
Stats - courtesy of Manchester United's official website - are based on Manchester United players who started their first full season while still teenagers.