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Man United top Twitter table

Louis van Gaal might have inherited a side that has fallen off its perch following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson, but Manchester United are proving more popular than ever on social media.

New data released shows United were mentioned more times than any other club – beating Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and neighbours Manchester City respectively to the Twitter title.

City won’t be too keen at not making the top four, however, as they just pip Newcastle United to fifth.

Sadly for Burnley, however, they are rock bottom, joined by Hull and Swansea in the relegation places.

It gets better for United when it comes to the most followed players, too.

Their former star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has the most admirers (and critics) in the world with the Real Madrid star boasting 31.6million followers.

He’s not-so-closely followed by former Real and AC Milan player Kaka, who has 21.5m followers.

MOST RETWEETED

Football dominates the top 10, but there are places for basketball, too. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, formerly of Miami Heat, and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant have 16.6m and 8.7m followers respectively.

In terms of the United Kingdom, though, Wayne Rooney is by far the most popular sportsman. The United and England striker boasts 10.2m followers ahead of Rio Ferdinand, Gareth Bale and Scottish tennis star Andy Murray.

But the most retweeted sporting celebrity of the summer is none other than Mario Balotelli.

The Liverpool striker posted his demands during the 2014 World Cup if his Italy side were to do England a favour and beat Costa Rica…

“If we beat Costa Rica I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen,” Balotelli wrote.

The Costa Ricans won 1-0, England went home, and, despite getting more than 172,000 retweets, Balotelli’s wish never came true.

Twitter EPL Table
1. Manchester United (@ManUtd)
2. Arsenal (@Arsenal)
3. Liverpool (@lfc)
4. Chelsea (@chelseafc)
5. Manchester City (@MCFC)
6. Newcastle (@NUFC)
7. Tottenham (@SpursOfficial)
8. Everton (@Everton)
9. Southampton (@SouthamptonFC)
10. Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial)
11. Leicester (@OfficialFoxes)
12. Sunderland (@SunderlandAFC)
13. West Ham (@whufc-official)
14. QPR (@QPRFC)
15. Crystal Palace (@cpfc)
16. West Brom (@WBAFCOfficial)
17. Stoke (@stokecity)
18. Swansea (@SwansOfficial)
19. Hull (@HullCity)
20. Burnley (@BurnleyOfficial)

Source : Daily Mail