Manchester United are understandably dominating shirt sales this season.

Since May 1, United have eight players in the top 30 shirts sold by Sports Direct, four in the top 10 and three in the top five.

Paul Pogba tops the list with new £75m striker, Romelu Lukaku, ranking second.

Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic rank fifth and 10th respectively.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Eden Hazard comes third in shirt sales and is the highest ranking player from a London-based team.

Perhaps surprisingly, Alexandre Lacazette is fourth despite Arsenal’s poor showing so far this season and otherwise quiet transfer window.

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The former Lyon striker has sold more shirts than Mesut Ozil (20th) and Alexis Sanchez (22nd). However, since this is from May, perhaps there was a sudden burst of sales as soon as the Gunners dropped a club record of £52m on the 26-year-old.

I imagine Arsenal shirt sales have slowed down a bit since, although it would be interesting to see if they actually have.

Harry Kane ranks sixth and, interestingly, Lionel Messi (eighth) and Cristiano Ronaldo (15th) are pretty far down the list.

The fact that United dominate shirt sales is a surprise to absolutely no one considering the Red Devils are a brand as well as a football club. They’re the richest team in Europe and there’s a reason for that.

It also probably helps that they’re top of the Premier League table and have scored 10 goals in three games.

It’s important to note that, according to the Evening Standard, players from Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester, Stoke, Swansea, Watford and West Brom do not have their shirts stocked by Sports Direct, which is owned by Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley.