Man United, Liverpool & Chelsea: Which Premier League team has the best youth academy?

Man Utd or Chelsea - which club has the better youth academy?

Manchester United’s youth academy is one of the finest in football.

The Red Devils’ youth setup is most famous for producing the fabled ‘Class of ’92’, six players who went on to dominate English football in the 1990s and early 2000s under Sir Alex Ferguson.

United’s academy hasn’t managed to replicate that feat since, but it still regularly churns out top Premier League players.

Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Mason Greenwood and Axel Tuanzebe all progressed through the youth system at Old Trafford and are now regulars in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad.

But how does United’s academy rank in terms of players produced throughout the entirety of the Premier League?

Rashford & Greenwood in action

Well, the kind folks over at Betting Odds have crunched the numbers and provided the 20 academies from across the world that have produced the most players currently active in the English top-flight.

Let’s take a look…

The Premier League trophy

=19. Charlton Athletic | 6 players

=19. Barcelona | 6 players

=13. West Brom | 7 players

=13. Sporting Lisbon | 7 players

=13. Sheffield United | 7 players

=13. Newcastle United | 7 players

=13. Nottingham Forest | 7 players

=13. Aston Villa | 7 players

=10. Everton | 8 players

=10. Benfica | 8 players

=10. Ajax | 8 players

9. Leeds United | 9 plyers

=6. Tottenham | 10 players

=6. Manchester City | 10 players

=6. Liverpool | 10 players

5. West Ham | 11 players

4. Arsenal | 12 players

3. Southampton | 13 players

2. Chelsea | 14 players

1. Manchester United | 18 players

Solskjaer with Man Utd

United are top by a considerable distance, eight players ahead of bitter rivals Liverpool and four clear of Chelsea in second place.

The Red Devils are also joint top with West Ham when it comes to current Premier League sides with the most youth products in their squad, both teams having eight apiece.

Below, you can take a look at which academy players feature for all 20 teams in the English top-tier.

McTominay & Rashford in action

Manchester United | 8 (Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Dean Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Rashford, Greenwood, McTominay, Teden Mengi)

West Ham | 8 (Aji Alese, Ben Johnson, Nathan Trott, Conor Coventry, Declan Rice, Harrison Ashby, Manny Longelo, Mark Noble)

Chelsea | 6 (Andreas Christensen, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham)

Arsenal | 5 (Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson)

Liverpool – 5 (Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Rhys Williams, Trent Alexander-Arnold)

Manchester City | 5 (Cole Palmer, Felix Nmecha, Phil Foden, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Tommy Doyle)

Newcastle | 5 (Andy Carroll, Mark Gillespie, Matty Longstaff, Paul Dummett, Sean Longstaff)

West Brom | 5 (Dara O’Shea, Kyle Edwards, Rekeem Harper, Romaine Sawyers, Sam Field)

Brighton | 4 (Jayson Molumby, Lewis Dunk, Max Sanders , Robert Sánchez) 

Southampton | 4 (Jake Vokins, James Ward-Prowse, Theo Walcott, Will Smallbone)

Walcott in action

Aston Villa | 3 (Jack Grealish, Jacob Ramsey, Keinan Davis)

Crystal Palace | 3 (Nathaniel Clyne, Sam Woods, Wilfried Zaha)

Everton | 3 (Anthony Gordon, Jonjoe Kenny, Tom Davies)

Leeds | 3 (Charlie Cresswell, Jamie Shackleton, Kalvin Phillips)

Leicester City | 3 (Hamza Choudhury, Harvey Barnes, Luke Thomas)

Sheffield United | 3 (Aaron Ramsdale, Billy Sharp, Phil Jagielka)

Tottenham | 3 (Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Japhet Tanganga)

Burnley | 2 (Dwight McNeil, Jay Rodriguez)

Fulham | 0

Wolves | 0

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo

Despite regularly spending the big bucks in the transfer window, nearly a third of United’s 25-man squad is populated by academy graduates.

The less said about Wolves and Fulham, the better…

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