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Manchester United academy continues to set the standard


Manchester United have produced more current elite-level players than any other Premier League club.

The likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard all count as ‘club-trained’ players, a figure determined by players who spent at least three seasons with a club between the ages of 15 and 21.

Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay also make up a percentage of the 24 such United players who have featured for a top flight side in either England, France, Germany, Italy or Spain this season, according to figures released by the CIES Football Observatory.

The figure also accounts for players to have been developed by a club’s youth academy but to have then left in subsequent years, with Michael Keane at Everton and Adnan Januzaj at Real Sociedad two such examples.

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In fact, United boast the joint fifth highest total of any club in Europe’s top five divisions, and the figure represents the most for a Premier League side.

Only Athletic Bilbao (26), Barcelona (34), Olympique Lyon (35) and Real Madrid (36) have more club-trained players in Europe’s “Big-five” leagues.

Arsenal have the next best record for an English side (17) followed by Tottenham (15), Manchester City (14), Chelsea (12) and Liverpool (also 12).

If you look at all the top flights across Europe then it’s Ajax who can claim to have the most productive academy.

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An impressive 77 Ajax club-trained players have featured in European top flights so far this season.

Dynamo Kyiv and Partizan Belgrade have produced the next most (69 each).

They’re followed by Dinamo Zagreb (66) and Red Star Belgrade (61).

Manchester United are England’s top side with 38 players across Europe, however that is only the joint 22nd best record on the continent though.

Arsenal have produced 33 players, while City have 32. No other English sides make the European top 50.


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