07 Feb 2022 | 23:36 | Football
Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, Man Utd has not been able to once enjoy the joy in the Premier League arena. The last time they came close to their dream of touching this prestigious trophy was in the 2017/18 season, but at that time they were 19 points behind Man City in the rankings.
The prolonged title thirst has become the cause of the Red Devils splashing money in the transfer market. The club’s upper floors put their full trust in Ed Woodward – Executive Vice President of the club.
Although not creating expensive deals like Jack Grealish (£100m) of Man City or Romelu Lukaku (£97.5m) of Chelsea, investing in many different positions still costs the Red Devils. significantly more costs.
According to Transfermarkt, after the above two expensive deals, the next four positions in the ranking of the most expensive EPL deals belong to the Old Trafford team, including Paul Pogba (£89m), Harry Maguire (80m). pounds), Jadon Sancho (£77m) and Lukaku (£75m).
Statistics from CIES show that Man Utd has spent £1.3 billion (€1.5 billion) in the past 10 years, but only brought in revenue of £ 397 million (€470 million). Instead, they received a net loss of up to 908 million pounds (1075 million euros).
Looking at Man City, the Etihad Stadium team has invested heavily in the transfer market, but they have only lost 831 million pounds (984 million euros). While having won 4 Premier League titles, 6 League Cups and FA Cups.
In fact, the Red Devils have spent less than Noisy Neighbors over the past 10 years, but they have underperformed in valuing unplanned stars, which is £397 million compared to total revenue. The £604 million of the Etihad Stadium team speaks for itself.
Not to mention that the blockbuster signings recruited by Man Utd were disappointing, forcing them to sell out. An example is the case of Angel Di Maria.
The Red Devils cost 60 million pounds to own the Argentine star from Real Madrid. But here, he scored only 4 goals after 32 appearances, then was sold to PSG.
In addition, there are also contracts that continue to accompany the club. However, according to experts, they do not really play at the price that Man Utd spends. For example, Harry Maguire (£80m) or Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m).
The above parameters show that the Red Devils do not really have smart transfer plans under Ed Woodward. Hopefully, after he resigns, Richard Arnold will come up with more optimal recruitment plans, to help Man Utd minimize damage, and soon find the glory again.