Manchester United have had to endure torrid injury problems so far this season, but have enjoyed a decent level of consistency from their attacking players.
That is, of course, with the exception of Radamel Falcao, who has struggled with injuries since completing his loan move from AS Monaco on the final day of the summer transfer window. Treating the Colombian striker has been costly business for the Red Devils, who agreed to pay his entire £265,000-a-week wages to complete the season-long deal.
New statistics from Manchester Evening News have detailed how many minutes each and every Manchester United player has spent on the pitch this season. It goes all the way from Tom Thorpe, who played a single minute against West Ham United to David de Gea, who has played every minute of Premier League football so far.
Louis van Gaal has used 26 players so far but the most notable is Falcao, placed at number 17 with just 604 minutes on the pitch. After some maths, which, admittedly, took much longer than it should have done, it turns out that Manchester United have paid Falcao an average of £7,450 for every minute of Premier League football. Let's just say he threw in those 59 minutes against Yeovil in the FA Cup for free. What a nice man.
There's also not much to write home about the super expensive left-back teenager Luke Shaw. The poor youngster has had a number of injuries, as well as problems outside his control like being too fat. He has managed just 11 minutes more than Falcao.
Unsurprisingly not one defender makes it into the top five with Marcos Rojo representing the most regular performer with 866 minutes. That's good enough to lock in ninth place on this list.
Let's take a look at the whole thing, which I will now write out myself rather than copy and paste it.
Tom Thorpe | Minutes played: 1
Anderson | Minutes: 20
Jesse Lingard | Minutes: 24
James Wilson | Minutes: 272
Darren Fletcher | Minutes: 364
Adnan Januzaj | Minutes: 435
Rafael | Minutes: 587
Tyler Blackett | Minutes: 597
Paddy McNair | Minutes: 599
Radamel Falcao | Minutes: 604 (read above for super interesting fact)
Luke Shaw | Minutes: 615
Ander Herrera | Minutes: 624
Jonny Evans | Minutes: 714
Chris Smalling | Minutes: 719
Daley Blind | Minutes: 720
Marouane Fellaini | Minutes: 799
Phil Jones | Minutes: 809
Marcos Rojo | Minutes: 866
Angel Di Maria | Minutes: 867
Michael Carrick | Minutes: 919
Ashley Young | Minutes: 1,062
Antonio Valencia | Minutes: 1,111
Juan Mata | Minutes: 1,322
Wayne Rooney | Minutes: 1,397
Robin van Persie | Minutes: 1,594
David de Gea | Minutes: 1,800
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