A United player stays at his club an average of 5.71 seasons – the longest in Europe.
Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney, Park Ji-Sung and Edwin Van der Sar have all been at the club longer than our average.
The Professional Football Players’ Observatory is a research group that generates comparable statistical indicators in the areas of demography, training, international recruitment, mobility and pitch performance of professional football players. Created in 2005, the PFPO brings together researchers from the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), the ThéMA research centre of the University of Franche-Comté and the Institute of Sports Science of the University of Lausanne.
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