Teddy Sheringham had scored about 119 goals at 24-years-old at Milwall and Djurgarden
Teddy Sheringham had scored about 119 goals at 24-years-old at Milwall and Djurgarden
Ruud van Nistelrooy had scored about 118 goals at 24-years-old at Den Bosch, Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands
Ruud van Nistelrooy had scored about 118 goals at 24-years-old at Den Bosch, Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands
Wayne Rooney had scored about 173 goals at 24-years-old for Everton, Manchester United and England
Wayne Rooney had scored about 173 goals at 24-years-old for Everton, Manchester United and England
Cristiano Ronaldo had scored 140 goals at 24-years-old for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo had scored 140 goals at 24-years-old for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Portugal
Dimitar Berbatov had scored 159 goals at 24-years-old for CSKA Sofia, Bayer Leverkusen and Bulgaria
Dimitar Berbatov had scored 159 goals at 24-years-old for CSKA Sofia, Bayer Leverkusen and Bulgaria
Robin van Persie had scored 72 goals at 24-years-old for Fayenoord, Arsenal and the Dutch national side
Robin van Persie had scored 72 goals at 24-years-old for Fayenoord, Arsenal and the Dutch national side
Anthony Martial has scored 42 goals at 21-years-old for Lyon, Monaco, Manchester United and the French national side
Anthony Martial has scored 42 goals at 21-years-old for Lyon, Monaco, Manchester United and the French national side
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored about 100 goals at 24-years-old for Malmo, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus and Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored about 100 goals at 24-years-old for Malmo, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus and Sweden
Romelu Lukaku has scored 168 goals ay 24-years-old for Anderlecht, Chelsea, West Brom, Everton, Manchester United and Belgium
Romelu Lukaku has scored 168 goals ay 24-years-old for Anderlecht, Chelsea, West Brom, Everton, Manchester United and Belgium
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Teddy Sheringham had scored about 119 goals at 24-years-old at Milwall and Djurgarden
Ruud van Nistelrooy had scored about 118 goals at 24-years-old at Den Bosch, Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands
Wayne Rooney had scored about 173 goals at 24-years-old for Everton, Manchester United and England
Cristiano Ronaldo had scored 140 goals at 24-years-old for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Portugal
Dimitar Berbatov had scored 159 goals at 24-years-old for CSKA Sofia, Bayer Leverkusen and Bulgaria
Robin van Persie had scored 72 goals at 24-years-old for Fayenoord, Arsenal and the Dutch national side
Anthony Martial has scored 42 goals at 21-years-old for Lyon, Monaco, Manchester United and the French national side
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored about 100 goals at 24-years-old for Malmo, Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus and Sweden
Romelu Lukaku has scored 168 goals ay 24-years-old for Anderlecht, Chelsea, West Brom, Everton, Manchester United and Belgium

How Man United's Other Top Strikers Were Doing At Romelu Lukaku's Current Age

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There used to be a time when each season of the Premier League would begin with Manchester United clearly being the team to beat. But for a brief spell during the mid-noughties when Arsenal's Invincibles and Mourinho's Chelsea stole the spotlight and United transitioned from Fergie's Fledglings to Rooney and Ronaldo, Old Trafford had been a destination for trophies for nigh on two decades. Then, Sir Alex Ferguson retired and it all went belly-up. Until now.

United's 4-0 season opening win over West Ham was a return to normal service after quite a long gap and for some very crucial reasons. Unlike Louis Van Gaal's first season in charge, when the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao came in from the continent for big bucks, the big signings of Jose Mourinho's second season have proven Premier League experience.

While Nemanja Matic settled into midfield with consummate ease, the biggest positive was Romelu Lukaku's two debut goals. For a club the size of Manchester United, challenging for titles on multiple fronts is the norm, and this isn't quite possible if there isn't a player who can be depended on to supply 20+ goals per season.

So United have their main striker. At 6 ft 3 in, and having scored 168 senior goals for club and country already by the age of 24 Lukaku is statistically better off than another famed United centre forward, Ruud van Nistelrooy was at the same stage, that too, with the latter having played mainly in the comparatively lower rated Dutch Eredivisie.

But how does his record compare with other top United goalscorers from the year 2000 onwards at a similar age? 

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