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How much Manchester United and Man City paid while players were absent shows the true cost of injury

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Manchester United paid more than £25million to players with injuries last season, as the numbers of players in the Premier League on the treatment table rose to their highest level in eight years, new data reveals.

Manchester United salaries paid to injured players has shot up 41% since 2016, research found.

The 63 injuries picked up by Manchester United players amounted to 1,238 total days out by players - a sharp rise on the 37 injuries and 1,071 days out in 2017/18, when Manchester United picked up 15 more points and managed a second-place finish.

Manchester City led the way in salaries paid to injuries players, with £26.3m, with Arsenal third (£24.2m), West Ham (£22.8m) and Tottenham Hotspur (£17.9m).

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacing Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager midway through the season, the club accrued 66 points and a sixth-place finish this time around.

The £25.2m spent on injured players' salaries by the Reds was the second-highest in the league.

In all, the Reds suffered more injuries than any other Premier League team, with 63 — "which may partly explain the team’s faltering league performance," explained insurance specialist Marsh-JLT Specialty in its fourth annual Football Injury Index.
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