Man United and Chelsea among Premier League teams with youngest starting XIs, as Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer look to academy

Chelsea’s fresh-faced look this season have made them an exciting team to watch, according to Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool manager takes his side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Frank Lampard’s kids remind him of his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

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Abraham, 21, has been scoring for fun this season, as has 20-year-old Mount
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“They were really young and people always spoke about that, but they only played because they were that good,” he said.

“Chelsea brought in [Christian] Pulisic in the summer, it was £50-£60million. All the players around him now have the same value. Tammy Abraham is a £60m player, Mason Mount for sure is £60m, maybe more. [Callum] Hudson-Odoi was already that.”

Man United, though, named their youngest starting XI for a European game since 2012 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lined up against Astana in the Europa League.

In fact, United have the youngest average age in the Premier League so far.

The Kids Are Alright

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The average age of each club's starting XI in the Premier League so far

  1. Man United: 25 years and 52 days
  2. Southampton: 25 years and 55 days
  3. Chelsea: 25 years and 118 days
  4. Bournemouth: 25 years and 142 days
  5. Norwich: 25 years and 158 days
  6. Everton: 26 years and 100 days
  7. Aston Villa: 26 years and 115 days
  8. Leicester: 26 years and 117 days
  9. Newcastle: 26 years and 124 days
  10. Arsenal: 26 years and 156 days
  11. Wolves: 26 years and 247 days
  12. Sheffield United: 27 years and 13 days
  13. Liverpool: 27 years and 37 days
  14. Man City: 27 years and 78 days
  15. West Ham: 27 years and 132 days
  16. Tottenham: 27 years and 178 days
  17. Brighton: 27 years and 192 days
  18. Burnley: 28 years and 146 days
  19. Crystal Palace: 29 years and 148 days
  20. Watford: 29 years and 198 days

*Doesn’t include Southampton vs Bournemouth

Academy player Mason Greenwood, who is 17, scored in the 1-0 Europa League win.

“We always know that in and around the box he’s one of the best finishers we’ve got,” Solskjaer afterwards.

“If you want to make it as a United player you have to handle the fans. Mason won us the game so we’re very pleased for him.”

See how the Premier League youngsters get on across Saturday where talkSPORT will be with you from Leicester vs Tottenham at 12.30pm to Newcastle vs Brighton at 5.30pm on GameDay

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