Manchester United Have Spent £52 Million On Injured Player Wages In Last Three Years
Imagine being on as much money as a Premier League footballer. Most of them earn in a week what would take us like 10 years to earn. But with that comes the fact that clubs have to pay out a lot of money for injuries.
For those people on an annual wage you can afford the odd day off work for illness without fear of losing any money, which isn't the case for those that get paid by the hour- don't turn up and don't get paid.
Footballers, certainly at the top level, don't have that issue. If they can't play because of injury, even if it's for a year, then they're still raking in the money.
Out for a couple of weeks? That could be £300k for doing nothing for two weeks. Image: PA
In a world where wages have grown as exponentially as transfer prices and clubs are spending a ridiculous percentage of their revenue just to pay their players that means spending a lot on injured players.
According to research by Sick Notes in the last three years Manchester United are the side who have forked out the most on injured players and with Wayne Rooney missing a big chunk of that time that's not too much of a surprise.
The report says that Jose Mourinho's side have missed players for 4096 days at a cost of £52,514,709! That's the cost of a Benjamin Mendy. Rooney alone cost them £5,614,267 for his 131 missed days.
The United accountant having a panic attack of the slightest knock. Image: PA
The clubs former captain may have cost the team the most but he hasn't been out the longest for the Red Devils. That title goes, perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, to Luke Shaw. The left back's injuries have cost his team 449 days service at £4,490,000.
United might lead the table for the amount of money spent on their injured players but they are only fifth on the list for amount of days that they've been without their players.
Newcastle head that list having lost players for 5,172 days, next are Everton on 4,283, their Merseyside neighbours Liverpool are third with 4,153 days followed by Arsenal on 4,131 days.
Too many moments like this for Newcastle. Image: PA
West Brom striker, formerly of Southampton, Jay Rodriguez was the player who missed most days in the Premier League having been injured for 549 of them over the previous three seasons.
Incredibly Chelsea only lost players for 1,499, one of the lowest for teams who have been in the top tier for all three seasons, but spent £23,861,866 on those injures, madness.