A billion spent by Manchester United and they still trail Man City but huge Manchester derby could see Premier League power shift

    Manchester United and Manchester City will clash this Saturday but who has spent more over the last decade?

    This weekend’s Manchester derby, live exclusively on talkSPORT, is seismic for both clubs in a rollercoaster season in the Premier League.

    Erik ten Hag and Pep Guardiola will do battle on Saturday

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    Erik ten Hag and Pep Guardiola will do battle on Saturday

    United are looking to solidify a top-four place while they have been in fine form in recent weeks under Erik ten Hag while a win would see them go a point behind Pep Guardiola’s men.

    And City cannot afford to slip up anymore as they sit five points behind top-placed Arsenal, who are in their own derby clash this weekend against Tottenham.

    A powershift in Manchester now sees City dominating United, more often than not, but the Red Devils are beginning a new fightback.

    And in the summer they spent big money to land top targets in a bid to further close the gap built between the clubs over the last decade.

    But how much has been spent and where has the money gone?

    Antony is getting amongst the goals as he begins to justify his price tag

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    Antony is getting amongst the goals as he begins to justify his price tag

    2012/13

    United net spend: £40m (League position: 1st)
    City net spend: £20m (League position: 2nd)

    In Sir Alex Ferguson’s last year in charge, the Red Devils rounded off his career in typical fashion – dominating the Premier League.

    Robin van Persie (£24m) signed from Arsenal in a controversial transfer while Shinji Kagawa (£16m) and Wilfried Zaha (£10m) also joined.

    Outgoing, Dimitar Berbatov (£5m) joined Fulham, Park Ji-sung (£2.5m) moved to QPR and Ritchie De Laet and Matty James signed for Leicester in a double deal worth £2m.

    City, on the other hand, did not make many smart decisions in the transfer window after signing Javi Garcia (£16m), Matija Nastasic (£13m), Jack Rodwell (£15m), Scott Sinclair (£8m) and Maicon (£2.5m), though they still managed to finish second.

    Leaving the club saw Mario Balotelli (£17m) depart for AC Milan, Adam Johnson (£10m) sign for Sunderland, Emmanuel Adebayor (£5m) move to Tottenham and Nigel de Jong also join Milan for £2.5m.

    Van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals in his first season at United

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    Van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals in his first season at United

    2013/14

    United net spend: £64.5m (League position: 7th)
    City net spend: £95.5m (League position: 1st)

    David Moyes did not even last the season as United flopped to seventh place – their worst-ever finish in the Premier League as they lost ground on their rivals.

    The Scotsman famously bought Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m) and Juan Mata (£37m), but did not sell anyone.

    City returned to winning ways in the Premier League with Manuel Pellegrini at the helm and really started to flex their financial muscles with high-profile signings such as Fernandinho (£34m), Stefan Jovetic (£25m), Alvaro Negredo (£22m), Jesus Navas (£18m) and Martin Demichelis (£4m).

    Only Carlos Tevez’s £7.5m move to Juventus saw money come back the other way as Wayne Bridge and Maicon left on free transfers.

    Fernandinho went on to become a key player at City

    Fernandinho went on to become a key player at City

    2014/15

    United net spend: £120.5m (League position: 4th)
    City net spend: £56.5m (League position: 2nd)

    It was Louis van Gaal’s turn at Old Trafford and helped United to fourth after spending big on some stellar names including Angel di Maria (£60m), Luke Shaw (£30m), Ander Herrera (£30m), Marcos Rojo (£16m) and Daley Blind (£14m).

    Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leaving on free transfers ended an era while Danny Welbeck (£16m), Shinji Kagawa (£6m), Alexander Buttner (£4.5m) and Wilfried Zaha departed (£3m).

    City could not replicate their success from the previous year after losing out to Chelsea but that did not stop their spending after splashing out on Eliaquim Mangala (£40m), Wilfried Bony (£25m), Fernando (£10m), Willy Caballero (£5m) and Bruno Zuculini (£1.5m) – not many successes there.

    There were not many big departures, though, with just Garcia and Rodwell leaving for a combined fee of £25m.

    Manchester City FC transfer news: Etihad outcast Eliaquim Mangala wanted by Wolves for Premier League return

    Mangala did not impress at the Etihad

    2015/16

    United net spend: £60m (League position: 5th)
    City net spend: £111m (League position: 4th)

    The spending ramped up further at United but they ended up going backwards after the likes of Anthony Martial (£58m), Morgan Schneiderlin (£27m), Memphis Depay (£25m), Matteo Darmian (£12.5m) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (£6.5m) all signed.

    It was an early end to Di Maria’s United career after just one year and he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £45m while Javier Hernandez (£9m), Jonny Evans (£5m), Van Persie (£4m), Nani (£3.5m) and Rafael (£2.5m) all left.

    Even City dropped off as Leicester claimed a famous title while the Etihad chiefs really starting flashing their cash, signing Kevin de Bruyne (£55m), Raheem Sterling (£50m), Nicolas Otamendi (£32m), Patrick Roberts (£11m) and Fabian Delph (£8m).

    Outgoing, City managed to sell Negredo for £25m, as well as Rony Lopes (£9m), Nastasic (£6m), Karim Rekik (£3m) and Sinclair (£2m).

    Di Maria scored three goals in 27 Premier League games

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    Di Maria scored three goals in 27 Premier League games

    2016/17

    United net spend: £100m (League position: 6th)
    City net spend: £151m (League position: 3rd)

    The circus continued at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho made his way through the doors and immediately broke the world record transfer fee to bring in Paul Pogba (£89m), as well as Eric Bailly (£30m), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free – but they ended up finishing lower than any year under Van Gaal.

    Mourinho was always going to make some noise and it led to the departures of Scheniderlin and Depay for a combined £40m, while Paddy McNair also joined Sunderland for £5m.

    City were hardly pulling up trees despite the arrival of Pep Guardiola, who made some huge signings including John Stones (£47.5m) , Leroy Sane (£46.5), Gabriel Jesus (£31m) llkay Gundogan (£20m), Claudio Bravo (£13m), Nolito (£13m) while Jovetic (£9m), Edin Dzeko (£7m) and Geronimo Rulli (£4m) all left.

    Paul Pogba joined United for a world-record fee

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    Paul Pogba joined United for a world-record fee

    2017/18

    United net spend: £135m (League position: 2nd)
    City net spend: £198m (League position: 1st)

    United improved in the league but only after another raft of transfers including Romelu Lukaku (£75m), Nemanja Matic (£40m), Victor Lindelof (£30m) and Alexis Sanchez (£35m).

    Leaving the Red Devils included Wayne Rooney and Ibrahimovic on free transfers, as well as Mkhitaryan to Arsenal for £35m. and Adnan Januzaj to Real Sociedad for £10m.

    City won the league with 100 points – the first side to do so – but Guardiola was aided by the biggest transfer window ever seen with the likes of Aymeric Laporte (£57m), Benjamin Mendy (£52m), Kyle Walker (£50m), Bernardo Silva (£43m), Ederson (£34m), Danilo (£26.5m) and Douglas Luiz (£9m).

    Guardiola offloaded a number of fringe players to help alleviate the cost so much with Kelechi Iheanacho (£25m), Enes Unal (£12m), Bony (£12m), Aaron Mooy (£5m), Nolito (£8m), Fernando (£5m), Kolarov (£4m), Samir Nasri (£2.5m).

    Ederson has proved a real coup for City

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    Ederson has proved a real coup for City

    2018/19

    United net spend: £35.5m (League position: 6th)
    City net spend: £15m (League position: 1st)

    It was yet another disappointing season for United as they faltered to sixth while the money tree wilted somewhat in the summer after just two major signings in the shape of Fred (£47m) and Diogo Dalot (£19m).

    There were just three departures with Blind (£14m), Fellaini (£10m) and Sam Johnstone (£6.5m).

    City continued to dominate, winning the Premier League again and making just one major signing after Riyad Mahrez joined from Leicester for £60m.

    The club’s profitable business selling fringe players continued with the likes of Brahim Diaz, Angus Gunn, Jason Denayer, Pablo Maffeo and Joe Hart all leaving for a combined fee of £45m.

    Riyad Mahrez was the only major arrival for City in 2018

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    Riyad Mahrez was the only major arrival for City in 2018

    2019/20

    United net spend: £119m (League position: 3rd)
    City net spend: £87m (League position: 2nd)

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Mourinho and rid the club of its toxic atmosphere and leading them back into the top four as United signed the likes of Harry Maguire (£85m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m), Bruno Fernandes (£47m) and Dan James (£16m).

    Lukaku left for Inter Milan in a £75m deal while Ashley Young and Darmian garnered £4m between them.

    City went big again on two players after signing Joao Cancelo for £60m and Rodri for £63m while Pedro Porro and Angelino cost a combined £20m.

    Leaving the Etihad, Guardiola booted out Danilo (£35m), Luiz (£12m), Delph (£9m) and Mangala on a free.

    Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender when he joined United

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    Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender when he joined United

    2020/21

    United net spend: £44m (League position: 2nd)
    City net spend: £69.5m (League position: 1st)

    Solskjaer might not have spent as lavishly this year but he still worked some magic that saw United finish runners-up while the likes of Donny van de Beek (£35m), Amad Diallo (£20m) and Facundo Pellestri (£9m) all signed.

    Out the door went Chris Smalling (£18m) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (£2m) while Sanchez left on a free transfer.

    Meanwhile, City returned to winning ways in the Premier League and were not hanging around in the transfer window, splashing out £65m on Ruben Dias.

    Nathan Ake (£41m) and Ferran Torres (£22m) also made the move while Sane (£45m) and Otamendi (£13.5) left.

    Donny Van de Beek’s United career has not taken off yet

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    Donny Van de Beek’s United career has not taken off yet

    2021/22

    United net spend: £95m (League position: 6th)
    City net spend: £35m (League position: 1st)

    The good times came to a cruel end for Solskjaer after some abysmal form despite spending big on the likes of Jadon Sancho (£73m), Raphael Varane (£34m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£13m) while James was the only departure after joining Leeds for £25m.

    City continued their domination of the Premier League by beating Liverpool to the title, signing Jack Grealish for £100m and Julian Alvarez for £18m.

    Torres left for £45m to Barcelona as well as Angelino (£16m), Jack Harrison (£11m) and Lukas Nmecha (£11m) to boost the coffers somewhat at the Etihad.

    Jack Grealish signed for a British transfer record fee

    Jack Grealish signed for a British transfer record fee

    2022/23

    United net spend: £208m (League position: N/A)
    City net spend: -£15m (League position: N/A)

    The Erik ten Hag era has begun and it has done so with a massive summer spree with the likes of Antony (£86m), Casemiro (£60m), Lisandro Martinez (£57m) and Tyrell Malacia (£15m) all joining, though outgoing it was just Andreas Pereira landed a decent fee of £10m.

    City might have won the transfer window after landing Erling Haaland at £51m while also signing Kalvin Phillips (£45m), Manuel Akanji (£15m) and Sergio Gomez (£11m).

    The Premier League champions cut the squad dramatically with the likes of Sterling (£50m), Jesus (£45m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (£32m), Porro (£7.5m) and Arijanet Muric (£2.5m) all leaving.

    Haaland was signed for a decent sum but he was not as expensive as you might imgaine

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    Haaland was signed for a decent sum but he was not as expensive as you might imgaine

    Total net spends over the last decade

    Manchester United total net spend: £1.021 billion
    Man City total net spend: £803.5 million

    Ahead of the Manchester derby, Ten Hag has done plenty to close the gap between the two teams and a win would take United to within a point of City.

    But it has not come cheaply, splashing out on the biggest transfer window that United have had since Ferguson retired after a decade of mismanaged spending that has seen them accumulate a net spend of over £1bn.

    The Red Devils thought they closed the gap under Solskjaer when they signed him Sancho, Varane and Ronaldo months after finishing third in the Premier League – but they capitulated instead.

    Ten Hag and Guardiola go head-to-head on Saturday

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    Ten Hag and Guardiola go head-to-head on Saturday

    City, on the other hand, appear to have navigated through some haphazard spending to establish a well-oiled machine that can offset fringe players to pay for world-class stars.

    However, that only seemed possible after Guardiola dipped deep into the Etihad pockets in his first few years to completely rip apart the squad and bring in his own players – at a very big price.

    But they have been reaping the rewards ever since that Catalan revolution, winning four Premier League titles in five years and becoming the dominant force in English football.

    A win for United on Saturday might help change that tide, however, and the club have gone all-in on Ten Hag by giving him a huge transfer warchest – setting up what promises to be an absolute classic for this weekend’s Manchester derby.

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