Comparing Man Utd and Man City’s total net spend over the last 12 years

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After watching their team struggle on the pitch in recent years, Manchester United fans have been highly critical of the Glazer family and their lack of investment. 

In comparison, Manchester City have spent hundreds of millions since the Sheikh Mansour takeover, establishing themselves as one of the best teams in the world.

Courtesy of Transfermarkt, we’ve looked at United and City’s net spend since the summer of 2008 to see how the two clubs compare.


Man Utd – £34million
Man City – £117.7million


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Man Utd – £69.4m profit
Man City – £104.7m


Man Utd – £10.8m
Man City – £129.1m


Man Utd – £43.6m
Man City – £53.9m


Man Utd – £60.1m
Man City – £15.9m

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Man Utd – £67.8m
Man City – £94.2m


Man Utd – £131.5m
Man City – £65m


Man Utd – £48.5m
Man City – £126.7m


Man Utd – £123.9m
Man City – £161.7m

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Man Utd – £137.6m
Man City – £203.5m


Man Utd – £46.9m
Man City – £18.9m


Man Utd – £120.2m
Man City – £88m


Man Utd – £61.6m
Man City – £91.5m

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Total net spend:

Man Utd – £817.1million
Man City – £1,270.8billion

While United have spent a huge amount of money on new players since the summer of 2008, their net spend is still significantly lower than City’s.

The Blues have had a bigger net spend than United in nine of the last 13 years and they have finished above their rivals for the last seven seasons.

United also made a profit in 2009 after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid while City have always spent more money on new signings than they’ve made through player sales since 2008.

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