Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that his current crop of strikers are the best he's had may have initially seemed like unfounded praise, but it looks like the Man United boss has facts on his side.
When asked if they were better than his quartet in 1998/99 he said: “I think so. The four in '99 were fantastic, you couldn't possibly criticise them, but we have four today that are equally as good.”
Many would point towards his treble winning strikers Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sherringham as his best-ever front line, but a brace from Hernandez and a goal from Rooney in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Fulham at the weekend saw his latest stars overtake the class of '99's tally at this stage of the season.
However, while Van Persie, Hernandez, Rooney and Welbeck boast a current total of 47 goals, they still have some way to go to surpass the 76 goals scored by their counterparts at the end of their trophy-laden season.
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