x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Goals, assists, shots at goal - Berbatov leads the way

Almost a substitute appearance in whole of 2008 but with great assist rate, the United player has already netted six times this year, making him the joint top goalscorer.

Dimitar Berbatov's hat-trick last weekend against Liverpool included a headed finish that saw him seal his 27th league goal for Manchester United. Berbatov has played 69 times for United in the league, with many of his appearances as a substitute as he initially struggled to find his feet at the Old Trafford club. Yet 27 goals is the same number he managed in 70 league appearances for Tottenham Hotspur between 2006 and 2008.

When Berbatov first joined United in 2008, his goal threat showed only in glimpses. However, his assist rate - an undervalued element of the 29-year-old's game - was always of the highest standard. In his first season at United, he had the second highest number of assists in the league. This season he has had more shots at goal than any other player in the league and has already netted six times, making him the joint top goalscorer.