Manchester United hitmen Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Co are the most accurate strikers in Europe as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men top table of shots on target
- Manchester United boast a shots on target percentage of 48.6 per cent
- The Red Devils lead the way with 186 shots on target from 383 efforts on goal
- Cagliari have the lowest per cent (28.9) across Europe’s top five leagues
- The figures from CIES are calculated from July 1, 2018 to March 6, 2019
Barring Sunday’s slip up at Arsenal, everything has been going smoothly for Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed interim manager in December.
The Red Devils tasted their first Premier League defeat in 13 games under the Norwegian with a 2-0 defeat at the weekend.
United’s revival has been well documented and some new stats have further underlined that.
Man United have the highest shots on target percentage across Europe’s top five leagues
The Red Devils have a shots on target percentage of 48.6 per cent so far this season
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lead the way with 186 shots on target from 383 efforts on goal
According to CIES Football Weekly, the Premier League outfit can boast the highest shots on target percentages across the five major European leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain).
The figures also include 25 other domestic championships and are calculated from July 1, 2018 to March 6, 2019 – meaning that this round of weekend fixtures haven’t been included.
From the data present though United lead the way with 186 shots on target from 383 efforts on goal – giving them a 48.6 per cent total for shots on target.
This figure is marginally better than Barcelona who have 48.3 per cent. The Catalan giants have had 190 shots on target from 393 on goal.
Incidentally both United and Barca have an average shot distance of 19.5 yards.
Barcelona sit second on this list with a shots on target percentage of 48.3 per cent
Borussia Dortmund are third with 46.3 per cent while Girona are fourth (45.8 per cent).
Liverpool round out the top five with 45.6 per cent. Jurgen Klopp’s side have had 185 shots on target from their 406 efforts.
Completing the top 10 are Hertha Berlin (45.1 per cent), Paris Saint-Germain (45 per cent), Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt (43.7 per cent) as well as Bayern Munich (43 per cent).
Joining Manchester United and Liverpool in the top 20 are Tottenham (11th, 42.8 per cent), Manchester City (12th, 42.7 per cent) and Arsenal (joint 19th, 42.1 per cent).
Liverpool are in the top five – with Jurgen Klopp’s side having had 45.6 per cent shots on target
While United are top of the tree, CIES have also recorded which teams have the lowest shots on target percentile.
Relegation-threatened Huddersfield (20th, 34.6 per cent) and Cardiff City (9th, 32.3 per cent) are among those with the lowest per cent in Europe’s top five leagues.
Crystal Palace are the worst Premier League side for this statistic though with 32.3 per cent – the eighth-lowest across Europe’s main top-flights.
However, the Eagles still have a way to go to matching Cagliari who have a shots on target percentage of 28.9 per cent. The lowly Serie A side have had just 79 shots on target from 273 efforts on goal.
Crystal Palace are the worst Premier League side for this statistic though with 32.3 per cent
|Team||League||Total Shots||Shots on Target||Shots on Target %|
|Manchester United||Premier League||383||186||48.6|
|Paris Saint-Germain||Ligue 1||411||185||45|
|Manchester City||Premier League||483||206||42.7|
|SD Huesca||La Liga||291||123||42.3|