A greater focus on youth for Man Utd? Red Devils field youngest side in league on opening day of 19-20 season

By Soccer Blog | Aug 13, 2019

Not only did Manchester United win the opening game of the 19/20 campaign 4-0 against Chelsea (their biggest league win over the Blues since 1965), but they also did it by fielding the youngest squad amongst all 20 teams on Match Day 1.

United’s starting lineup on Sunday afternoon (De Gea, Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Andreas, Martial) had an average age of 24.1- comfortably the youngest on show. A massive turn around from a few years ago, when they fielded the likes of Ibrahimovic, Schweinsteiger, Van Persie and Carrick.

The oldest team fielded by a Premiership side over the weekend was Watford (29.4), who were upset 3-0 by Brighton at Vicarage Road.

The oldest team among the traditional “big six” on the opening matchday was Tottenham, who fielded a XI with an average age of 26.3

Average Age of Premier League Squads Match Day 1 2019-20

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