Manchester City and Chelsea were once again the butt of the jokes as both mega-rich clubs faced off in a intensely contested title six-pointer.
Tweets and spoof images of 'El Ca$ico' were plastered over twitter before, during and after the game on Monday night as both sides started teams worth £156m
Remarkably, the City & Chelsea starting XI's cost exactly the same, £156m: pic.twitter.com/EL7w0VbLNX— Samuel (@samuelj29060) February 3, 2014
£156m is no small sum of money and considering that world class footballers such as Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Willian were all involved, it shouldn't really come as a surprise.
Manchester United fans were also involved in taking to social media sites to lament Chelsea and Manchester City for the exuberant spending. However, as the proverb goes 'people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones' especially after their last encounter.
As pointed out by Neil Bonnar, the Head of Sport for The Bolton News, Manchester United's starting XI in their 2-1 loss to Stoke City cost a staggering £173.8m!
An incredible £17.8m more than both Manchester City and Chelsea's starting XI and that's without the inclusion of £30m Rio Ferdinand and £27.5m Marouane Fellaini.
Although the money at the top end of the Premier League is eye-watering even to the richest people in the world. Every supporter will still try and argue the best value for money - unfortunately for United fans, it's an argument they are currently losing by some distance.