Of all the data you could gather on Manchester United - trophies won, goals scored, opponents beaten - there's one stat that trumps them all. For almost 80 years, United have not played a single game without fielding a player developed by their own academy.
A 1-1 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on October 16, 1937, helped United earn promotion from the old English Second Division, behind Aston Villa, that campaign. But more significantly, it began a sequence - 3,867 games to be precise - of fielding players produced themselves that remains unbroken.
The most successful era, of course, was the famed 'Class of 92' featuring Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville, who went on to form the bedrock of two decades of stunning success under Sir Alex Ferguson.
We are unlikely to ever see that many players make a mark on a Premier League team again, what with the financial pressure on teams to win in the modern era, but there are signs of hope again in United's youth ranks.
Marcus Rashford is making a big impact while big things are expected of 16-year-old Angel Gomes - a cousin of former United winger Nani - among others in the current United Under-18 side.
With the transfer window in full swing the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.
We dissect all of the top gossip doing the rounds across media channels in Europe to discover the fact from the fiction.
Liverpool will make a third offer of £70million to RB Leipzip for midfielder Naby Keita, according to The Mirror.
Jurgen Klopp is determined to land his No1 transfer target with Keita himself ready to push through the move despite Leipzig making it clear they won’t sell having rejected £66.3m this week.
This will likely be Liverpool’s last offer but the £70million fee is the one touted as enough to convince Leipzig to sell.
It’s clear the next couple of days in negotiations will be pivotal but with talk Keita’s agent is in Hong Kong to meet Liverpool representatives, it seems a deal could be struck.
Exclusive: Naby Keita's agent has arrived in Hong Kong today to meet with with representatives of Liverpool. Negotiations will continue.— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) July 19, 2017
Ross Barkley could find himself at the centre of a bidding war between Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.
A report in The Times says Spurs are favourites but Chelsea and United are keeping tabs, although clubs have been put off by Everton’s £50million valuation for a player who has a year left on his contract.
The 23-year-old is expected to miss the start of the season after surgery on his groin but it’s clear Everton are happy to let him leave if the right money comes in and the interest is present also.
The quoted fee has so far put clubs off, although, Spurs still appear to be the frontrunners despite reports he has demanded £150,000 per week to join them.
Chelsea are seeking £44million for Atletico Madrid target Diego Costa, according to the Independent.
The Blues are looking to recoup a large chunk of the £70million outlay on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata by holding out for a big fee for Costa.
Diego Costa wants to leave Chelsea and the club want him to make an exit, too, but it seems the Premier League champions won’t let the Spain international go cheap.
Atletico had hoped to get a cut-price deal in the region of £25million but it looks like they will have to pay almost double that with the deal expected to go through upon Morata’s competed switch.
Alvaro Morata is bound for Chelsea rather than Manchester United but Jose Mourinho does not care having wrapped up a deal for “amazing” striker Romelu Lukaku.
Just weeks ago it had appeared that the Real Madrid frontman would be heading to Old Trafford, while Lukaku would return to Stamford Bridge three years after joining Everton.
Instead, United gazumped Chelsea to the signing of their former player and Antonio Conte’s men have now agreed a deal for Morata, subject to a medical and personal terms.
Mourinho last week admitted to having a “special liking” for the Spain international after giving him a chance when Madrid coach, yet seeing him join a Premier League rival does not stick in the craw.
“I am not interested in what Chelsea Football Club does, really,” the United boss said in Houston. “We needed a striker, yes. We needed with Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) in his best conditions, we needed one to give cover, to give options.
“Him and Marcus (Rashford) was not enough and especially after Zlatan’s injury.
“We got a big player – a player that I can compare with what he was a few years ago because he worked with me a few months four or five years ago.
“His development was very, very good, so we think we have a player that is now a top player in Europe.
“He has to prove it at the highest level, there is always that point. Now he has to do it for Manchester United, in Champions League matches but I think he has amazing qualities.
“I think it was obvious Chelsea would sign a striker, especially after the situation with the manager and Diego (Costa).
“It was clear that they were going to get a striker, they did it with Alvaro and Alvaro is a very good player for them.”
Lukaku followed Benfica defender Victor Lindelof into a club that is still active in the market, with Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic, Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic all been linked with them.
Mourinho would ideally like to sign a further two players but has come to the terms with the fact only one may arrive in this inflated market.
“The problem is with us is we have four players that cannot play football now, not even training,” Mourinho said. “It looks like our group is big but it is not because they can’t ever train and the time for their recovery is really long.
“Marcos (Rojo) has no chance before December, as an example, so our squad is not so big.
“Everybody knows because I said it, very objective I would like four players and asked for four players.
“I’m ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult, because some clubs they think the market is different from others.
“We are not a club that is not ready to buy and buy and buy non-stop. We are not a club that is ready to pay what clubs wants us to pay, so I am ready to go from four to three.
“With these three, I just give a better balance to the team, to the squad and better conditions to compete.”
Mourinho suggests #mufc won't sign Perisic and Matic. 'We're ready to pay what clubs want us to pay. I’m ready to go from four to three.'— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) July 20, 2017
The comments could be construed as a dig at Inter over the tense Perisic transfer negotiations, or perhaps Manchester City ahead of Thursday’s International Champions Cup clash.
Kyle Walker is set to make his first City appearance at the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium – the first Manchester derby on foreign soil – having arrived from Tottenham in a deal that could reach £50million.
Asked if that sum had surprised him, Mourinho said: “It doesn’t surprise me, really.
“It doesn’t surprise me because I keep saying there is big economic power in every club that allows the clubs to say no or to say, ‘You pay what I want or you don’t get it’.
“I can imagine that Man City would like to pay £25million for Kyle. I can imagine that.
“But I am sure that they knocked on Spurs’ door and were told, ‘This is the price’. If you don’t pay, you don’t get.
“Then you have the option to pay or have the option to say no, so the market will be always what people ask and what people pays.
“The strange thing is that now I am used to paying or seeing teams paying big amounts for big players – and now everybody is paying big amounts for good players.
“There is a difference between good players and big players, and now the figures go really crazy also for normal players.”