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STRIKER LIGHT! £3.5M PER GOAL
Fergie's costly foursome outgunned by Johnson
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THEY cost £70million to recruit but Manchester United's star-studded strike force has been put in the shade by Andy Johnson.

The Crystal Palace forward - who cost £750,000 - is in a team staring relegation in the face, yet his 19 league goals this season is the same number Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Alan Smith and Louis Saha have managed between them.

It is a statistic that highlights what has been United's biggest problem in the Premiership this campaign - scoring goals.

They have only 48 from 33 league games, and just 19 of them came from their much-vaunted strikers - a cost of £3.56m a goal. Arsenal have 73 goals and Chelsea 62.


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United are on course for their lowest goals tally since the dark days of 1990 when Sir Alex Ferguson almost lost his job as manager.


The defeat at Everton on Wednesday was the 10th time they have failed to score in the league this season.


In contrast, their often-maligned defence has only been breached 20 times.


Cristiano Ronaldo's strike for United at Fulham over a month ago is their only league goal since February 26. The biggest disappointment for them has been van Nistelrooy.


The Holland frontman - whose season has been hit by injury - continued to find the target in the Champions League. But he has struggled in the Premiership, scoring only four goals, the last of them against West Brom in November. Smith has done better since arriving from Leeds, although the last of his five was in December.


Saha, a £12.8m buy from Fulham, has a single goal in 11 league outings.


Rooney has been the best of the bunch with nine Premiership goals, although there is still a question mark over whether he can form an effective partnership with van Nistelrooy.


But Ryan Giggs believes the midfield should shoulder some of the blame.


He said: "The lack of goals has been disappointing especially when you see the quality in the side and the football we've played at times.


"We've raised our game for the big games and have had no trouble scoring. The goals we scored against Newcastle in the cup semi-final are the kind we should have been scoring in other games.


"We've never relied on one player before and can't do that now. I know Ruud has an outstanding scoring record but we need to score more from midfield.


"We've always contributed goals from all parts of the team, and we haven't created enough chances."


HOW THE BIG HIT-MEN HAVE FARED


CHELSEA


Didier Drogba
Signed: from Marseille for £24m in July 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 10 Cost per goal: £2.4m

Eidur Gudjohnsen
Signed: from Bolton, £5m June 2000. Premiership goals 2004-5: 10 Cost per goal: £500,000

Mateja Kezman
Signed: from PSV Eindhoven, £5m July 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 4 Cost per goal: £1.25m

Arjen Robben
Signed: from PSV Eindhoven, £12m July 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 7 Cost per goal: £1.71m per goal

TOTAL: Fees: £46m Goals: 31. Cost per goal: £1.48m


ARSENAL


Thierry Henry
Signed: from Juventus for £10.5m in August 1999 Premiership goals: 25 Cost per goal: £420,000

Dennis Bergkamp
Signed: from Inter Milan, £7.5m June 1995. Premiership goals: 6 Cost per goal: £1.25m

Jose Antonio Reyes Signed: from Seville, £10.5m January 2004. Premiership goals: 7 Cost per goal: £1.5m

Robin van Persie Signed: from Feyenoord, £2.75m May 2004. Premiership goals: 3 Cost per goal: £917,000

TOTAL: Fees: £31.25m Goals: 41. Cost per goal: £762,195


MAN UTD


Ruud van Nistelrooy
Signed: from PSV for £19m in July 2001 Premiership goals 2004-5: 4 Cost per goal: £4.75m

Wayne Rooney
Signed: from Everton, £29m August 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 9 Cost per goal: £3m

Louis Saha
Signed: from Fulham, £12.8m January 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 1 Cost per goal: £12.8m

Alan Smith
Signed: from Leeds £7m, May 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 5 Cost per goal: £1.4m

TOTAL: Fees: £67.8m Goals: 19. Cost per goal: £3.56m.


LIVERPOOL


Milan Baros
Signed: from Banik Ostrava, £3.6m December 2001. Premiership goals 2004-5: 9 Cost per goal: £400,000

Djibril Cisse
Signed: from Auxurre, £14m July 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 2 Cost per goal: £7m

Fernando Morientes
Signed: from Real Madrid, £6.3m January 2005. Premiership goals 2004-5: 3 Cost per goal: £2.1m

Neil Mellor
Signed: from trainee, July 2002. Premiership goals 2004-5: 2 Cost per goal: None

TOTAL: Fees: £23.9m Goals: 16. Cost per goal £1,493,750
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Will Fergie go for Andy Johnson :D
 

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it's Fergie's midfield that is the problem not the attack, also the injury to RvN.
 

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Exactly. The big single difference is that Johnson has played virtually every game and has been given TWELVE penalties while I know that Man Utd have only had FOUR (van nistelrooy has scored three of his four prem goals from the spot)

Rooney was injured as was van diver, you also have to account for Johnson being the one goal shout for palace while Man Utd rotate and such
 

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Stupid article.

Adriano10 said:
Djibril Cisse
Signed: from Auxurre, £14m July 2004. Premiership goals 2004-5: 2 Cost per goal: £7m
Value for money...
 

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Yeah cause Cisse hasn't been out with a serious injury :rolleyes: He's played just 18 games this season compared with say Rooney with twice as many appearances. Cisse has also been brought on or taken off so many times as well, he's played 12 Premiership games and come on in 3 and been taken off in 4 ie he's completed just FIVE games start to finish
 

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Yeah cause Cisse hasn't been out with a serious injury :rolleyes: He's played just 18 games this season compared with say Rooney with twice as many appearances. Cisse has also been brought on or taken off so many times as well, he's played 12 Premiership games and come on in 3 and been taken off in 4 ie he's completed just FIVE games start to finish
Cry me a river.

 
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