Who are the greatest club in the modern history of the Football League? According to data it’s Manchester United.

The Old Trafford club have won more league points than any other side in the country since the Football League was expanded to four divisions in 1958-59.

United have amassed a total of 3,802 points from their league games since the expansion.

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That puts them comfortably ahead of their nearest rivals, Liverpool, who have won 3,747 points.

It’s something of a counter-intuitive table because, although Arsenal come third, they are following by Reading and Brentford. And while Millwall come an impressive eighth, Charlton are in 68th and West Ham in a lowly 71st position.

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It all makes much more sense when only the top flight games are taken into account. Again, Manchester Utd still come out on top.

The club have won 3,741 points in top flight games since the expansion of the Football League in 1958-59. Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham follow with West Ham in a more respectable ninth.

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All divisions

Team: points

  1. Manchester United: 3,802
  2. Liverpool: 3,747
  3. Arsenal: 3,570
  4. Reading: 3,421
  5. Brentford: 3,396
  6. Chelsea: 3,381
  7. Leeds: 3,357
  8. • Millwall: 3,316
  9. Bournemouth: 3,312
  10. Sheffield United: 3,305
  11. Swindon Town: 3,304
  12. Gillingham: 3,304
  13. Bristol City: 3,294
  14. Ipswich Town: 3,291
  15. Walsall: 3,258
  16. Huddersfield Town: 3,251
  17. Southend: 3,245
  18. Wolverhampton Wanderers: 3,241
  19. Preston North End: 3,241
  20. Bury: 3,226

• Charlton are 68th with 2,911 points and West Ham are 71st with 2,866 points

Top flight games only

Team: points

  1. Manchester United: 3,741
  2. Arsenal: 3,570
  3. Liverpool: 3,530
  4. Everton: 3,069
  5. Tottenham Hotspur: 3,060
  6. Chelsea: 2850
  7. Aston Villa: 2,334
  8. Manchester City: 2,310
  9. • West Ham: 2,223
  10. Newcastle : 2,065
  11. Leeds : 1,855
  12. Southampton: 1,853
  13. Nottingham Forest: 1,705
  14. Coventry City: 1,500
  15. West Bromwich Albion: 1,482
  16. Leicester City: 1,392
  17. Blackburn Rovers: 1,283
  18. Sheffield Wednesday: 1,260
  19. Ipswich Town: 1,206
  20. Stoke City: 1,182