Manchester City-Manchester United, the clash of the titans

It’s a shock that the whole city is waiting for. The two Manchester clubs meet on the occasion of the 9th day of the Premier League (to follow live on our site). After a terrible start to the championship, the Red Devils are beginning to return to the race for the top 4, while its neighbor is already launched towards the title. 2nd in the Premier League, the Cityzens simply see Arsenal resisting them. The defending champion is a big favorite before this derby but on paper, there is a match. The two clubs play in the same court, have XXL budgets and spend fortunes on the transfer window.

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This summer, City spent €140m for, exceptionally given previous seasons, €223m in revenue from various sales. For their part, the Red Devils have recovered almost nothing in fresh money, only Tahith Chong left for Birmingham for less than €2 million, Eric Bailly was the subject of a paying loan to OM (2 million €) and Andreas Pereira was transferred to Fulham for 9.5 M€. On the other hand, the management experienced a real buying frenzy by recruiting for 240 M€. Enough to build a very good team in an ultra-competitive championship.

City dominate on the pitch, United economically

If we stop at the estimated value of the workforce (according to the site Transfermarkt), Manchester United remains a notch below its rival. Erik ten Hag’s starting XI is estimated at €530m (De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia, Eriksen, Casemiro, Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho and Rashford), while City’s is at €803m ( Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Foden, Grealish, Haaland). The margin is still significant and is explained in particular by Erling Haaland, whose value is estimated alone at 150 M €.

Finally, in the eyes of the supporters, it is the sporting criterion that prevails, regardless of the players on the field and the amount of their transfer. Leaders think differently. According to the latest ranking published by Forbes, Manchester United is the 3rd most powerful club in the world behind Real Madrid and Barça. It is valued at 4.6 billion euros. Manchester City is 6th in this ranking with a value of 4.25 billion euros. Huge amounts but ultimately relatively close, just like the momentum. The Skyblues remain on a series of 19 Premier League games without defeat, when the Red Devils are surfing on 4 consecutive victories in the league, a first since April 2021.

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