Manchester United were in an optimistic mood heading into the 2023/24 season, which is Erik ten Hag’s second with the club.
After finishing third in the Premier League and winning the Carabao Cup, Ten Hag was hoping to bring United even closer to treble-winning rivals Manchester City, as they desperately seek to end a 10-year title drought.
Defeat to Man City in the FA Cup final meant the previous campaign ended on a disappointing note, but overall their first season under new management at Old Trafford could be deemed a success.
Marcus Rashford was the top scorer for Man Utd last season, scoring 17 goals in the Premier League.
Overall, England international Rashford scored a stunning 30 goals in all competitions.
Wayne Rooney was the last Man Utd player to finish as their top goalscorer for two consecutive seasons (in 2013/14 and 2014/15).
So, after signing a new long-term contract, Rashford is aiming to emulate Man Utd’s record scorer by making it two scoring crowns in a row in 2023/24. He may face competition from new signing Rasmus Hojlund, who will be hoping to bang in the goals after his transfer to United.
This page will be updated with Manchester United’s top scorers in the Premier League and all competitions after every matchday this season.
Man Utd: Premier League top scorers 2023/24
Manchester United have only scored 22 goals in their first 20 EPL matches.
Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes were tied at the top of the club’s top-flight scoring charts with three goals each until the Scotland midfielder scored twice in the much-needed 2-1 home victory over Chelsea on December 6.
Fernandes missed a first-half penalty in that game, so McTominay now leads the Premier League scoring charts for Man Utd.
United were unable to score in their next EPL game, a dreadful 3-0 home loss against Bournemouth.
They also failed to find the net at Anfield last week, the fifth straight away match against rivals Liverpool where they had not struck. However, there were hopes that a battling 0-0 draw still represented a step forward after a tumultuous recent period for the club.
There was little festive cheer last week, though, as Man Utd lost 2-0 at West Ham, meaning they had failed to score in five of their last six matches across all competitions.
Just as it looked like another defeat was on the cards at home to Aston Villa on Boxing Day as Man Utd trailed by two goals, Alejandro Garnacho scored twice in the second half before Rasmus Hojlund finally scored his first EPL goal to cap a sensational comeback.
However, there was frustration again in the last fixture of 2023, as Man Utd fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Nottingham Forest despite a goal from Marcus Rashford.
Man Utd top scorers in EPL
McTominay chose the perfect moment to score his first two goals of the season, netting twice with a dramatic stoppage-time double to provide some relief to under-pressure manager Erik ten Hag as Man Utd salvaged a 2-1 win over Brentford on October 7.
The Scotland midfielder was on target again in an away match versus Sheffield United, only to then concede a penalty for handball as Sheff Utd equalised from the spot. But full-back Diogo Dalot found the top corner with a 77th-minute long-range strike to give Man Utd back-to-back league victories. It was only the second Premier League goal of Dalot’s career.
Fernandes scored a fine winner against Burnley on September 23. His volley from an impressive Jonny Evans pass gave the visitors a much-needed 1-0 win at Turf Moor.
All three of the captain’s strikes in 2023/24 have been crucial winners, as he also netted match-winning strikes against Nottingham Forest and Fulham, the former capping a 3-2 home comeback win latter coming in the last minute as United salvaged a 1-0 away triumph.
Hannibal Mejbri scored his first goal for the club against Brighton in the closing stages of that contest, but it did little to lift the mood during a 3-1 defeat.
Marcus Rashford scored his first goal of the season against Arsenal on September 3 but was unable to prevent Man United from falling to a 3-1 reverse, with that loss being a painful one that involved late clinching goals for the Gunners.
Last season’s top scorer Rashford got his first goal of the 2023/24 campaign in the first half of that game, cutting in from the left to score with a fine finish. But the England star had to wait until November 26 to get his second of the season, netting a penalty in the 3-0 win at Everton. The highlight of that match was a stunning overhead kick from Alejandro Garnacho.
Rasmus Hojlund is yet to get his first EPL goal. He had a strike ruled out against Brighton.
On the opening week of the season, Raphael Varane was the unlikely hero for Manchester United as they defeated Wolves 1-0 at Old Trafford.
The goal for Varane was just his second for Man Utd, even though this is his third season with the club. His only other strike had come against Brentford in May 2022 towards the end of his first campaign with the team.
His fellow defender Victor Lindelof netted in a 1-0 win at home against Luton Town. It was the Sweden defender’s first goal in almost three years, since a 6-2 win over rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford in December 2020.
United have 31 points from 20 matches in the Premier League so far and there are huge concerns for Ten Hag.
Even though there have been recent league wins over Fulham, Luton, Everton, Chelsea and Villa, all of which boosted their position in the standings, the club still sit adrift of the leading sides because the losses to Newcastle, Bournemouth, West Ham and Nottingham Forest took them up to nine EPL defeats already this season.
Man Utd top scorers in all competitions 2023/24
As well as the Premier League, a busy season for Man Utd includes them playing in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
United have now played eight matches outside of the EPL, scoring 15 times in total during those fixtures. It means they have netted a total of 37 goals from 28 matches in all competitions.
Scott McTominay is surprisingly Man Utd’s joint-top goalscorer in all competitions, thanks to his five Premier League goals and his one strike in the Champions League.
Rasmus Hojlund is level with him as the top scorer for Man Utd in all competitions with six goals. Captain Bruno Fernandes is just behind on five.
Unusually, the first five of Hojlund’s goals were all scored in the Champions League and he did not score in the Premier League until the dramatic win over Aston Villa on December 26. Bruno, meanwhile, has three EPL goals and two in the UCL.
Man Utd top scorers overall
It was a thriller as United ultimately lost 4-3 to Bayern Munich in Germany to kick off their Champions League campaign.
Hojlund scored his first goal for the club in the second half, meaning he did not have to wait long to open his account after having a strike ruled out against Brighton in his first start. As the match opened up in the closing stages, Casemiro was the surprise scorer of a double for Man Utd.
Casemiro scored again as Man Utd comfortably defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.
The headed goal briefly put him top of the club’s scoring charts, as he reached four strikes overall. Casemiro’s goals have been an unexpected bonus since he signed from Real Madrid. The holding midfielder scored seven times last season too.
Hojlund was the top performer against Galatasaray in Matchday 2 of the Champions League. He scored twice at Old Trafford, but Man Utd still suffered a desperately disappointing 3-2 defeat.
Man Utd battled to a 1-0 home win over Copenhagen in MD3 of the UCL, with Harry Maguire scoring a decisive second-half header. The centre-back’s goal was his first since February 2022 against Leeds United.
It was not a convincing win for United, who needed a dramatic stoppage-time penalty save from Andre Onana to preserve the three points.
United’s next match outside of Premier League competition was the tame 3-0 EFL Cup defeat at home to Newcastle United.
And their match after that did not go much better. Once again, Hojlund scored twice in a Champions League defeat. Fernandes was also on target with a penalty, but Man Utd still lost 4-3 to Copenhagen in Denmark as Marcus Rashford was sent off, leaving their qualification hopes hanging in the balance.
There was more Champions League drama in MD5. Despite scoring three goals through Garnacho, Fernandes and McTominay, it was still not enough as Man Utd failed to record a victory. They twice lost two-goal leads and had to settle for a 3-3 draw away to Galatasaray.
On December 12, a 1-0 home loss to Bayern on MD6 sealed their exit from the competition, with United unable to even claim a third-place finish that would have given them the consolation prize of a Europa League spot.
Man Utd next fixtures
It was a dreadful first half of the season for everyone at Man Utd, including the club’s attacking stars who have floundered, particularly in the Premier League, averaging close to one goal per game.
After the Premier League defeats to Newcastle, Bournemouth, West Ham and Nottingham Forest, time is running out for the United players if they are to turn the situation around in the EPL this season after the festive period, something which is pivotal after their early UCL and Carabao Cup exits.
Man Utd fixtures for 2023/24 include their next match, which is also their first fixture of 2024 away to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup on Monday January 8.
The first Premier League match of the new year is a difficult one for Man Utd, as they play at home against Tottenham on Sunday January 14.
Man Utd: Top scorers by season
|Player (Number of wins)
|Marcus Rashford (1)
|Cristiano Ronaldo (4)
|Bruno Fernandes (1)
|Anthony Martial (2)
|Paul Pogba (1)
|Romelu Lukaku (1)
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic (1)
|Anthony Martial (1)
|Wayne Rooney (6)
|Wayne Rooney (5)
|Robin van Persie (1)
|Wayne Rooney (4)
|Dimitar Berbatov (1)
|Wayne Rooney (3)
|Cristiano Ronaldo (3)
|Cristiano Ronaldo (2)
|Ronaldo (1) and Rooney (2)
|Ruud van Nistelrooy (4)
|Wayne Rooney (1)
|Ruud van Nistelrooy (3)
|Ruud van Nistelrooy (2)
|Ruud van Nistelrooy (1)
The last Man Utd player to score more than Rashford’s goal total from last season (30) was Wayne Rooney, who netted 34 times in the 2011/12 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the previous Man Utd attacker to have scored more than 40 goals in a season. He had 42 in 2007-08 as the club won the Premier League and Champions League trophies. Ronaldo had 31 EPL goals that year, which is the club record in that competition.
Ruud van Nistelrooy scored 44 goals in 2002-03 but the all-time single-season record is held by Denis Law, who scored 46 goals in 1963–64.
Even though his time at Man Utd has been heavily impacted by injuries, Anthony Martial has been the top scorer twice.
The prolific Van Nistelrooy was top of the Man Utd scoring charts in four separate seasons, which is the same total achieved by Ronaldo. CR7 did it three times in his first spell at the club, and was then top scorer in 2021/22 after returning to Old Trafford.
But it is Rooney who fares best. He topped the Manchester United scoring charts six times.
Which Man Utd players have won the Premier League Golden Boot?
Manchester United players have won the Premier League Golden Boot on five separate occasions, though they have not had a winner sine 2013, which is also the last time they won the title.
Robin van Persie was the previous Man Utd winner in that 2012-13 title-winning season. It was his second Golden Boot in a row, but his first had come with Arsenal.
Dimitar Berbatov, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Dwight Yorke are the other Manchester United players who have won the Premier League Golden Boot.
Man Utd: EPL Golden Boot winners
|Robin van Persie
|Ruud van Nistelrooy
When Berbatov won, he shared the award with former Man Utd striker Carlos Tevez, while Yorke’s success was shared with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Michael Owen.
Van Persie, Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy all won the title outright.
Despite being a prolific forward for Man Utd, Wayne Rooney never won the EPL Golden Boot
Manchester United all-time top scorers
|1. Wayne Rooney
|2. Bobby Charlton
|3. Denis Law
Wayne Rooney is the all-time Man Utd top scorer with 253 goals. He netted 183 times in the Premier League and on 70 occasions across other competitions.
He beat the previous record held by club legend Bobby Charlton (249 goals), while Denis Law is in third place with 237 goals.