Manchester United's Net Spend: Is Moyes getting what he paid for?

How does Manchester United's Net Spend compare to that of rivals Manchester City?

Manchester United fans may have endured a torturous summer in the transfer market, but did you know they were one of the top five teams in terms of Premier League spending?

The combined £29.9 million* they spent on Marouane Fellaini and Guillermo Varela was offset by just one cash player sale of £1 million for Scott Wootton.

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You can see how their expenditure compares to the other 19 teams in the division below...

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Summer 2013 Net Spend


So did David Moyes get what he paid for? That question is a double-edged sword, because United's position in the table above is not too far off their actual placing in the Premier League table.

Fans clearly would have liked to see the Red Devils make more of an impact in the transfer market, but that is clearly no guarantee it would have led to further success.

The stratospheric spend of Manchester City, illustrated above, paints United's summer business in a new light - for if anything United are performing on the pitch on par with their expenditure, while City are dramatically letting themselves down.

The other side of the coin is that the money United did spend, has barely been evident on the pitch, with Varela yet to feature and Fellaini largely disappointing.

What will concern United fans is that Liverpool spent less (net) than they did this summer and are above them in the Premier League table.

Did United miss a chance to move under-performing players on and recoup some of the cash they did spend, Anderson, Young and Nani were all candidates?

Such a clearout cannot be far away, now David Moyes has had a chance to check out such fringe players close hand, and that will only reduce the net spend of any future incomings too.

Moyes has never known big spending during his time at Everton, and the jury is still out on whether he can do so effectively. It is going to have to be a leap of faith supporters must continue to take with him.

Given their slow start, United should look at the table above and contemplate that at least their summer was not spent on expensive imports who have not done the business on the pitch like City - but equally fans should wonder if they had splashed out the £86 million net their rivals had done, surely they would be topping the league rather than the fifth they position, or eighth like their noisy neighbours.

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