Manchester United are often praised for their willingness to promote youth, rather than spending big on household European names. However, we’ve seen a change in football recently, whereas clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal have had to resort to spending big, just to keep up with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
This graphic shows just how much Manchester United have spent over the past five transfer windows, minus outgoings received. It makes grim reading for the red half of Manchester, as the Glazers have forked out a huge £165million net, bettered only by PSG’s whopping £235million.
First and foremost, this highlights just how badly we are at selling players, and just how badly we are at negotiating fees. We’ve barely sold anyone worth anything over the past two years, hence why our net spend is so high, but if you look at the likes of Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m), and Wilfried Zaha (£15m), it shows just how poor some of our business has been.
Note: This is before Manchester United’s £16million move for Marcos Rojo.