Manchester United: Premier League Injury Analysis 09/10 - 13/14

We're currently working our way through the injury records of every Premier League team over the past 5 seasons, in an effort to highlight the injury patterns in football and give fans more of an insight into how their team's injury record holds up against their rivals. Below you can read our full analysis of Manchester United's injury record over the past five seasons (2009/10 to 2013/14). To see our previous analyses, click the links below: Arsenal injury analysis Liverpool injury analysis Chelsea injury analysis

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Manchester United injury record - key findings

In total over the past five seasons, Manchester United's players have suffered 157 different injuries. That's an average of 31.4 different injuries every season! As you can see from the below graph, the number of injuries per season tends to be quite consistent - although there is a slight pattern of Man U having a bad season with injuries followed by a better one... Man U injuries per season  

Total lost playing time - 267.5 months

Phil Jones Phil Jones. Age: 22 Throughout the course of the past five seasons, Man U's players have been out injured for a combined total of 267.5 months. That adds up to just over 22 years. To put it another way, over the past five seasons Man U players have collectively been on the sidelines for the entire life span of defender Phil Jones!

Player out for the longest

There are two players that really stand out for Manchester United in terms of time spent on the sidelines - Owen Hargreaves and Darren Fletcher. Fletcher's problems with ulcerative colitis over the past few years has been well documented, and this has contributed to him missing a total of 22 months. Owen Hargreaves is the player with the longest absence for Man U over the past five seasons though, clocking up a total of 26 months on the sidelines thanks to a knee injury in 2009 that kept him out for over a year and several other injuries as the midfielder tried to fight his way back to fitness. Owen Hargreaves injured

Player with the most injuries

Although Hargreaves and Fletcher have both spent a lot of time on the sidelines with their respective injuries, the Man U player who has suffered the most individual injuries over the past fives seasons is actually Wayne Rooney. The England striker has never spent any serious time on the sidelines (his longest absence was 2 months for a gashed leg suffered in August 2012), but he has clocked up a total of 10 different injuries over the past five seasons - averaging two injuries each season. Wayne Rooney leg injury

Position with the most injuries

Midfielders are the most likely players to get injured for Manchester United, with a total of 61 injuries over the past five seasons affecting midfielders. Defenders aren't too far behind though, with a total of 56. As a combined total, injuries to defenders and midfielders make up over 75% of all the injuries to Manchester United's players. Injuries per position - Man U

Most common type of injury

Knee injuries are the most common type of injury for Man United players - although there's not a great deal between knee injuries (29), ankle injuries (26) and hamstring injuries (26). Common injury Man U

Most common injury per position

Goalkeepers - thumb and knee injuries are the most common (2 of each shared between Van Der Sar and Lindegaard) Defenders - calf and hamstring injuries are the most common (10 of each) Midfielders - ankle injuries are the most common (12) Forwards - knee injuries are the most common (9)

Most serious injury

Knee injuries are by far the most costly to Manchester United, in terms of the amount of time a player is out for. Over the past five seasons knee injuries have kept players out for a combined total of 74.5 months. 15 months of that is down to one injury (to Owen Hargreaves), but even without that knee injuries would still have led to a lot more lost playing time than the second most serious injury - hamstring injuries (40 months). Serious injuries to Man U  

Most common time of injury

December seems to be the month that Man U players are most at risk of getting injured, with 23 separate injuries occurring in December over the past five seasons - more than 4 different injuries every December. There is a very noticeable increase in the incidence of injuries throughout the autumn and winter months, culminating in a spate of injuries throughout the festive fixture list: Man U injuries per month  

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