OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER picked a youthful looking starting line-up for Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.
With an average outfield age of 23.7, Solskjaer’s team selection was bold.
Although Jesse Lingard (26) brought the age up, United possessed vim and vigour on the attack at Old Trafford.
The youngest outfield player – 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 was on the bench.
There was also some experience too with the likes of Paul Pogba marshalling the midfield too.
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.
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Opta Joe tweeted out the stat which read: “24y 227d – 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.”