Manchester United have paid more in wages to injured players than any other club over the past three years, a new study has revealed.
United’s squad have suffered a staggering 187 injuries during the period, costing them no less than £52million in wages.
The spend on injured players is closely rivaled by their local and Premier League title rivals, Manchester City, who have shelled out over £48million in wages packets to their crocked stars over the same period.
New data from Sick Notes claims that Arsenal and Liverpool have both also paid over £40million in wages to players on the sideline.
Premier League ‘big six’ injury costs
Chelsea, meanwhile, appear to have got lucky with injuries, with suffering significantly less than anyone else on the league.
The champions have had just 1,500 days of injuries across the whole squad over the past three years, while United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all suffered over 4,000.
|Club||Injury days||Injuries accrued||Most common injury|
|Liverpool||4,153||162||Knee injury (607 days)|
|Arsenal||4,131||147||Knee injury (483)|
|Manchester United||4,096||187||Ankle injury (492)|
|Manchester City||2,795||146||Hamstring injury (571)|
|Tottenham||2,751||124||Ankle injury (710)|
|Chelsea||1,499||98||Knee injury (289)|
The most unlucky club in the Premier League when it comes to injuries is Newcastle.
Across 137 niggles that they have picked up, it has seen a total of 5,172 days missed, totalling an average of nearly five players injured at any one point.
Curtis Good was the longest absentee for them, missing 501 days of action.
Southampton were the most unlucky with one particular player, with Jay Rodriguez – who has since moved to West Brom – missing a total of 594 days of action.
|Team||Sum of days missed||Count of individual injuries||Most injured player (days missed)|
|Newcastle||5,172||137||Curtis Good (501)|
|Everton||4,283||132||Bryan Oviedo (454)|
|Liverpool||4,153||162||Jon Flanagan (492)|
|Arsenal||4,131||147||Danny Welbeck (354)|
|Manchester United||4,096||187||Luke Shaw (449)|
|Stoke||3,518||157||Stephen Ireland (494)|
|Southampton||3,478||104||Jay Rodriguez (549)|
|Aston Villa||3,342||117||Libor Kozak (413)|
|West Ham||3,198||145||Andy Carroll (428)|
|Sunderland||3,098||148||Emanuele Giaccherini (219)|
|Crystal Palace||3,018||122||Marouane Chamakh (341)|
|Hull||2,854||86||Robert Snodgrass (387)|
|Manchester City||2,795||146||Samir Nasri (340)|
|Tottenham||2,751||124||Erik Lamela (294)|
|Burnley||2,342||56||Dean Marney (459)|
|Swansea||2,036||91||Leon Britton (197)|
|Bournemouth||2,017||55||Tyrone Mings (368)|
|Leicester||1,894||79||Matthew James (287)|
|West Brom||1,768||101||Ben Foster (318)|
|QPR||1,539||62||Alejandro Faurlin (326)|
|Chelsea||1,499||98||Radamel Falcao (135)|
|Watford||1,139||47||Brice Dja Djedje|
|Norwich||462||20||Youssuf Mulumbu (87)|
|Middlesbrough||375||14||Grant Leadbitter (172)|
|Cardiff||58||6||Gary Medel (19)|
|Fulham||44||5||Alex Kacaniklic (13)|
|GRAND TOTAL||65,060||2,551||JAY RODRIGUEZ (549)|
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