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Man Utd's highest scoring midfielders in a single season - ranked

Jamie Spencer
Apr 30, 2021, 9:24 AM GMT+1
Ryan Giggs & David Beckham often scored for Man Utd
Ryan Giggs & David Beckham often scored for Man Utd | Alex Livesey/Getty Images
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Forwards usually score the goals in football, whether they be typical centre forwards or the type of goalscoring wide forwards that have flooded the game in the last 10 years.

But goals from midfielders are vitally important as well and any good team will usually have a group of midfield players that regularly chip in.

Looking back at every campaign since 1992/93, these are all the Manchester United midfielders who have scored at least 10 goals in all competitions in a given season.

13. All midfielders with 10 goals

Juan Mata scored 10 goals three seasons in a row
Juan Mata scored 10 goals three seasons in a row | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Andrei Kanchelskis – 10 goals (1993/94)
Paul Scholes – 10 goals (1997/98)
Ryan Giggs – 10 goals (1998/99)
Juan Mata – 10 goals (2014/15)
Juan Mata – 10 goals (2015/16)
Juan Mata – 10 goals (2016/17)

12. All midfielders with 11 goals

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was only a brief success
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was only a brief success | Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ryan Giggs – 11 goals (1992/93)
Lee Sharpe – 11 goals (1993/94)
David Beckham – 11 goals (1997/98)
Paul Scholes – 11 goals (1998/99)
David Beckham – 11 goals (2002/03)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 11 goals (2016/17)

11. All midfielders with 12 goals

Roy Keane scored double figures only once for Man Utd
Roy Keane scored double figures only once for Man Utd | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Ryan Giggs – 12 goals (1995/96)
David Beckham – 12 goals (1996/97)
Roy Keane – 12 goals (1999/00)
Paul Scholes – 12 goals (1999/00)
Paul Scholes – 12 goals (2000/01)
Paul Scholes – 12 goals (2004/05)
Bruno Fernandes – 12 goals (2019/20)

10. Jesse Lingard – 13 goals (2017/18)

Jesse Lingard was at his most prolific in 2017/18
Jesse Lingard was at his most prolific in 2017/18 | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

A famous brace against Arsenal stood out for Jesse Lingard during the 2017/18 season, during which he scored eight times in the Premier League and five in other competitions.

9. Paul Scholes – 14 goals (1995/96)

Paul Scholes enjoyed a top season early in his career
Paul Scholes enjoyed a top season early in his career | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Paul Scholes was part of the first-team squad for most of the 1994/95 season, but it was in 1995/96 that he truly announced himself with 14 goals to contribute to the Premier League and FA Cup double.

8. Ryan Giggs – 14 goals (2002/03)

Ryan Giggs scored goals throughout his Man Utd career
Ryan Giggs scored goals throughout his Man Utd career | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Adapting and changing his game as he got older, the 2002/03 season was actually the last time that Ryan Giggs scored double figures for United in a single campaign with 14.

7. Paul Scholes – 14 goals (2003/04)

Paul Scholes would drop deeper later in his career
Paul Scholes would drop deeper later in his career | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Perhaps Paul Scholes' most important goal of the 2003/04 season was the winner against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, putting United into the final against Millwall and ensuring the campaign would not be trophy-less.

6. Andrei Kanchelskis – 15 goals (1994/95)

Andrei Kanchelskis stepped up with Eric Cantona suspended
Andrei Kanchelskis stepped up with Eric Cantona suspended | Graham Chadwick/Getty Images

With Eric Cantona suspended in January 1995, Andrei Kanchelskis finished the season as United's top scorer. In November, he had netted a famous hat-trick in a 5-0 thrashing of Manchester City.

5. David Beckham – 16 goals (2001/02)

David Beckham regularly chipped in with goals
David Beckham regularly chipped in with goals | Ben Radford/Getty Images

David Beckham scored 11 times in the Premier League alone in 2001/02, with 16 goals in all competitions. It was his most prolific season in a United shirt, although it was not uncommon for him to hit double figures.

4. Paul Pogba – 16 goals (2018/19)

Paul Pogba was Man Utd's top scorer in 2018/19
Paul Pogba was Man Utd's top scorer in 2018/19 | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Paul Pogba stood head and shoulders above every United player in a largely disappointing season in 2018/19. The Frenchman showed his quality, not matched by his teammates, with 16 goals in total.

3. Ryan Giggs – 17 goals (1993/94)

17 goals was a career high for Ryan Giggs
17 goals was a career high for Ryan Giggs | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ryan Giggs could be unplayable at times in the early 1990s and the 1993/94 campaign saw him net 17 goals from 58 appearances in all competitions, including United's very first of the season.

2. Paul Scholes – 20 goals (2002/03)

Paul Scholes reached the 20-goal mark in 2002/03
Paul Scholes reached the 20-goal mark in 2002/03 | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Paul Scholes is one of of only two United midfielders in the post-1992 era to have scored 20 goals in all competitions in a single season. A hat-trick in a 6-2 demolition of Newcastle particularly stands out.

1. Bruno Fernandes – 26 goals (2020/21)

Bruno Fernandes has over 20 goals from midfield in 2020/21
Bruno Fernandes has over 20 goals from midfield in 2020/21 | Pool/Getty Images

Bruno Fernandes' impact at United has been utterly remarkable. He scored 12 goals in just half a season when he first arrived in January 2020 and has gone over 25 goals in his first full year at Old Trafford.

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