Man United v Man City will be the most expensive match ever played

Paul Pogba & John Stones
Paul Pogba & John Stones

Money, money, money

When Manchester United and Man City walk out onto the Old Trafford pitch this weekend in the Premier League, football will witness the most expensive match in it’s history.

As reported in the Times:

For all the inevitable focus on the geniuses in direct conflict in the respective dugouts, the one record that Saturday’s Manchester derby is certain to break is for the two most expensive starting line-ups, which at a total of just under £600 million are set to make it the most expensive match in history.

The past few months have witness some heavy spending from the Manchester clubs.

Pep Guardiola has shelled out £168 million on new players including John Stones, Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Nolito.

Jose Mourinho has also been spending huge sums of money since his introduction at the Theatre of Dreams.

That’s included paying £145 million on bring Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also costing the club a large sum in wages and additional costs.

A breakdown on the values of the possible line-ups on Saturday are below.

Manchester United possible XI

De Gea £17m
Valencia £16m
Bailly £30m
Blind £14m
Shaw £27m
Pogba £89m
Fellaini £27.5m
Mata £37.1m
Rooney £30m
Martial £36.3m
Ibrahimovic Free
Total: £323.9m

Man City possible XI

Bravo £13.75m
Zabaleta £6.5m
Stones £47.5m
Otamendi £32m
Clichy £7m
Fernandinho £30m
Sterling £44m
De Bruyne £54.8m
Silva £25m
Nolito £13.8m
Iheanacho £0.25m
Total: £274.6m

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