No Manchester United players in this Premier League top 20 raises question marks

There are no Manchester United stars in the top 20 Premier League players who have covered the most ground so far this season, but are the Red Devils lazy?

A new report by Sky Sports has analysed how far Premier League players have run since the new campaign kicked off last month.

The list is unsurprisingly dominated by midfielders and has representatives from 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs.

But not a single player from the Red Devils makes the top 20.

United's arch rivals Liverpool top the list thanks to midfielder James Milner, who has clocked an incredible 74.8km (46.48 miles) in the Reds' six games this season.

Lazy or stylish?

So are Manchester United stars getting lazy or is Louis van Gaal's passing game to blame?

Well, it is more likely to be the latter, given that the Old Trafford side are currently second in the league behind Manchester rivals City and a full 11 places ahead of the Merseysiders six games into the new campaign.

A lack of marathon men certainly hasn't held Louis van Gaal's side back so far this season.

By doing less running, it should also mean United's players are not only fresh towards the end of matches, but also towards the business end of the season.

No marathon men but does it Mata?

Van Gaal's insistence on playing a strict passing game means his players are running less, with the ball doing the work.

United's 3-2 victory over Southampton on Sunday was a case in point, with the Dutch boss claiming Juan Mata's goal after a 44-pass move was "confirmation of our philosophy" - as reported by the likes of the Independent.

Interestingly, there are no players from the Blue half of Manchester, who currently top the league, in the top 20 either.

Fellow title hopefuls Chelsea and Arsenal both have players on the list, though, with Gunner Aaron Ramsey in fourth place and Nemanja Matic (10th) and Cesc Fabregas (15th) also making the top 20.

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