Manchester United Dethrone Arsenal For Most Minutes Played By Academy Players Last Season
Manchester United have trumped rivals Arsenal for the Premier League side using youth academy players the most last season.
The findings were based on academy graduates who had finished their youth careers with their respective clubs.
According to Sky Sports, the Gunners were previously top of the table when it came to minutes distributed to youngsters from their academy.
But Arsenal have taken a tumble and have landed in seventh place, with 4,976 minutes played by their homegrown players.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils dominate the table at the top with 9,334 minutes thanks to players who graduated from their famed youth academy.
Sky Sports found that United trio Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were the players who put forward the most time for the Red Devils.
World Cup winner Pogba, 26, increased his playing time to 3,245 minutes and United forward Rashford, 21, also amassed 2,494 minutes.
Lingard, 26, did see his playing time reduced to 1,765 minutes, but United made up for it with the likes of Scott McTominay playing 953 minutes and Andreas Pereira playing 660 minutes.
The 9,334 minutes United have to their name is a major increase on the 6,858 they had for the previous season.
Premier League champions Manchester City were bottom of the table with only 371 minutes, with all of those minutes coming under Phil Foden.
The highly rated English midfielder, 19, made 13 league appearances and made only three starts for Pep Guardiola's side.
Posted below are the complete list of Premier League teams from last season and the minutes played by their academy players.
1. Manchester United: 9,334 minutes
2. Tottenham Hotspur: 6,887 minutes
3. Crystal Palace: 6,602 minutes
4. West Ham: 6,344 minutes
5. Southampton: 5,866 minutes
6. Leicester City: 5,159 minutes
7. Arsenal: 4,976 minutes
8. Huddersfield: 3,771 minutes
9. Brighton: 3,376 minutes
10. Fulham: 3,176 minutes
11. Newcastle United: 2,896 minutes
12. Liverpool: 2,600 minutes
13. Chelsea: 2,202 minutes
14. Cardiff City: 2,118 minutes
15. Watford: 2,070 minutes
16. Everton: 1,959 minutes
17. Burnley: 1,683 minutes
18. Wolves: 766 minutes
19. Bournemouth: 654 minutes
20. Manchester City: 371 minutes
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