Misery shifted to London as a young Manchester united squad gain its confidence back
August 11, 2019
misery that shrouded Old Trafford in the closing months of last season was
blown away by this 4-0 win and performance against Chelsea.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked the most youthful
starting line-up in the Premier League for Manchester United’s clash against
They had an average age of 24 years and 227 days, with the
starting XI even younger at just 23.7.
Incredibly Jesse Lingard at 26 was bringing the average age up
with the young squad showing vim and vigor on the attack at Old Trafford.
The youngest outfield player in the starting XI – Aaron
Wan-Bissaka who is 21 – was making his Premier League debut for United and
appeared to be an assured presence at the back.
Wan-Bissaka was one of three summer signings made by Solskjaer
while Daniel James, also 21, came off the bench to score on his debut.
There was also some experience too with the likes of Paul Pogba marshalling the midfield. More significantly, the match day squad boasted the youngest average age of any side in the opening round of Premier League fixtures.
In fact, the average age of the back four was 24. Opta Joe tweeted out the stat which read: “The average age of Manchester United’s starting XI against Chelsea is 24 years and 227 days; the youngest of any team in the opening round of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Dawn.”
A statistician also posted an image of United’s starting XI which
provoked some funny reaction on Twitter.
One fan tweeted accompanying a laughing emoji: “Lingard is
actually the oldest outfield player in this line up.”