Brighton have been named ahead of Manchester United in FiveThirtyEight’s global power rankings.
The list demonstrates how far the Red Devils have fallen since their fruitful years under Sir Alex Ferguson, having fallen outside the top 20 behind fellow Premier League clubs Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and now Brighton.
Pep Guardiola’s side lead the rankings ahead of Bayern Munich in second and Liverpool in third, with PSG and Real Madrid completing the remainder of the top five.
Although the Seagulls have enjoyed an excellent start to the new campaign, Manchester United have since overtaken the south coast club in the Premier League, sitting in fifth spot after eight matches.
But FiveThirtyEight, who update their global rankings every week based on data provided by ESPN and OPTA, believe Brighton are the more successful and in-form club at the moment.
Erik ten Hag’s side are positioned in 22nd place, two spots behind Brighton and a place ahead of in-form Newcastle, who are unbeaten in their last four fixtures.
Meanwhile, Austrian giants RB Salzburg dropped four places to bridge the gap between Brighton and Manchester United in 21st, while AC Milan drop five spots to 19th.
Perhaps surprisingly, Liverpool have climbed above PSG into third place despite showing a lack of form ahead of their 7-1 triumph against Rangers on Wednesday.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are poised in fifth and sixth respectively ahead of their greatly-anticipated El Clasico clash on Sunday.