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Louis van Gaal has used the most players in the Premier League

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has already used 26 players this season - more than Premier League champions Manchester City used in the entirety of the last campaign.

New boss Louis van Gaal has been charged with overhauling Manchester United's squad as they look to bounce back from a disastrous campaign last time round.

Plan

However things aren't exactly going to plan so far. The Dutch boss has claimed just one competitive win in five Premier League games so far as Manchester United boss, while he also saw his side eliminated from the Capital One Cup at the hands of MK Dons.

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Their lowest ebb came last weekend when they squandered a 3-1 lead to fall 5-3 against newly-promoted Leicester - the first time they've lost after holding a two-goal advantage in the Premier League era.

Changes

One criticism of Van Gaal so far is that he's been too keen to chop and change his team, although he has been forced to contend with a lengthy injury list so far this term - but now the full extent of his tinkering has been revealed.

According to MatchStory, Manchester United have fielded 26 players in the Premier League so far this season - more than any other team. That figure is also more than the 23 Manchester City used to claim the title last term. Another of their fierce rivals, Liverpool, used 25 players to finish second last season.

Less

Even during David Moyes' ill-fated reign at Old Trafford last season which was prematurely ended after just 10 months, only 20 players had been used by this stage of the season, while he used 30 overall before he was sacked.

The number of players used by Van Gaal this season is likely to rise shortly, with summer signing Luke Shaw set to make his debut for Manchester United against West Ham this weekend. Michael Carrick is also yet to make an appearance this term, while there are a host of young players waiting in the wings.

Crystal Palace are second on the list having used 23 players, the same amount as Hull and QPR. Tottenham's new boss Mauricio Pochettino has used 22 players to date, the same as West Ham.

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