While the English Premier League season is just getting started, the UEFA European Championship qualification process is well underway.
Kicking off in March, the championships have already hit matchday five for many nations and everywhere you look in the tournament qualifiers, you’ll see there’s a United footprint already.
And last night’s matches brought up an interesting stat related to current and former Manchester United players.
Many United fans will have noticed that Scott McTominay scored for Scotland yesterday in a 3-0 against Cyprus.
McTominay, who was the subject of a transfer offer from West Ham United that was rejected by the club for being too low, has started the tournament on fire and has 6 goals in 5 appearances for his country in the championship.
With that said, McTominay’s efforts yesterday saw him become the joint leading scorer in the UEFA European Championship so far.
That means he’s outscored the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and many more besides.
But what’s the interesting fact?
Well, the joint top scorers are all either current or former United players.
That’s right – Scott McTominay is joined on 6 goals by recent United signing Rasmus Hojlund as well as former striker Romelu Lukaku.
Not only that, one of the players in joint second is also a player with links to the club.
That’s because United legend Cristiano Ronaldo joins Harry Kane on 5 goals in second place.
So five of the six top scorers in the UEFA European Championship qualification are tied to United in one way or another.
United fans will be hoping that McTominay can translate his international success to his club form as he fights for a midfield slot in Erik ten Hag’s side.
With Hojlund showing his potential in his 20 minute cameo against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, United will be hoping to see both players bulge the net with goals on a regular basis at Old Trafford in the coming season.