Manchester United players dominate most popular shirt sales in 2018, with Alexis Sanchez top

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hardly played this season (Getty)Manchester United players have dominated the most popular football shirts sold in 2018, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic a surprise inclusion in the top 10.

Data from SportsDirect.com reveals the top 20 names sold on the back of football shirts since 1 January.

It is perhaps unsurprising that Alexis Sanchez, who made a high profile switch from Arsenal to Old Trafford, tops the list. Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward recently revealed that the excitement around the Chilean’s arrival helped the club set a new record for shirt sales in January – three times the previous best.

Sanchez’s team-mate Paul Pogba ranks second on the list, despite him enduring a difficult start to 2018.

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Alexis Sanchez has proved popular in terms of shirt sales (Getty)Ibrahimovic is the only other Manchester United player in the top 10, with the Swede’s inclusion something of a surprise. The 36-year-old has managed to play just seven games this season due to injury. There have also been reports that he could soon be leaving for LA Galaxy.

The figures, which represent online sales through Sports Direct’s UK website, show Barcelona shirts featuring Philippe Coutinho on the back have proved popular.

Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona in January (EPA)Also in the top 10 is Mesut Ozil, who recently extended his contract with Arsenal.

Top 20 names sold on the back of football shirts since 1 January 2018

Alexis Sanchez – Manchester United
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Harry Kane – Tottenham
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Philippe Coutinho – Barcelona
Kevin de Bruyne – Man City
Mesut Ozil – Arsenal
Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal
Sergio Aguero – Man City
Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
David De Gea – Manchester United
Heung-min Son – Tottenham
Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool
Dele Alli – Tottenham
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Arsenal
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham

Data provided by Sports Direct, ‘the home of football’. Shop now at SportsDirect.com

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic trains at Carrington ahead of Liverpool clash

Ibrahimovic is on the road to recovery (Picture: AFP/Getty)Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived with Manchester United’s team-mates at training on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho’s men prepare for their crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool on Saturday.

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The Swede hasn’t spent much time at the club’s training base while recovering from knee ligament damage suffered in April against Anderlecht.

Ibrahimovic was not due to return to action before January but he’s pushing for a shock comeback early in December, with the Arsenal match on December 2 his ideal first team return date.

The 36-year-old has largely worked on his recovery alone, although he was snapped alongside club legend Andy Cole working out in Carrington.

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And he has made another appearance at the club’s base in the build-up to trip to Anfield, according to Manchester Evening News.

Of course, Ibrahimovic will not feature against Liverpool and he is yet to even return to full training but perhaps he offered some pearls of wisdom to the squad.

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