The New Supermac?

Last updated : 05 August 2019 By Footy Mad - Editor

Joelinton's strike record so far in league action reads: Sport Recife 2014: seven appearances, two goals, 2015: five apps, one goal; Hoffenheim 2015-16: one app, no goals; SK Rapid Wien on loan 2016-17: 33 apps eight goals, 2017-18: 27 apps seven goals; Hoffenheim 2018-19: 26 apps seven goals.

That is eight goals to beat for his best-ever return and 38 opportunities in the Premier League to get them. Surely we can expect that.

It is true Joelinton has twice made double figures in all competitions - 2016-17 with Rapid Wein when his final tally was 13 goals from 48 games, having played in 10 Europa League ties, and last season which brought 11 in 33 at Hoffenheim.

I know United’s £40m striker is young - he only celebrates his 23rd birthday in nine days’ time - but Malcolm Macdonald was only 21 years and four months old when he signed for United.

He too scored against St Etienne in a pre-season friendly but went on to rattle up an incredible 23 Division One goals playing all 42 matches of the 71-72 campaign.

Overall that supersonic total was bumped up to 30 including the cups.

It would be unfair to try and draw any comparisons with United’s other legendary No 9 since SuperMac because Alan Shearer was older (26 the month after he signed) and much more experienced, having already won the Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers.