Manchester United overtake Chelsea with £182m spend, but it's not good

Time And Money

Manchester United have overtaken Chelsea in the wage spending table, which certainly is not good news ahead of their expected summer spending spree.

Manchester United's wage spending has overtaken Chelsea's for the first time in a decade, report SkySports.

Referencing financial figures from Deloitte, United's outlay on wages for 2012/13 accrued to a total £182 million.

Chelsea totalled £176 million for the same period, while only Manchester City paid higher - a staggering £233 million.

United's figures increased by 11.6% on the previous 12 months while Chelsea's actually dipped.

While there are currently no details regarding the present season, it's the future where United should be worried.

They this year approved a wage increase for Wayne Rooney, to pay him a staggering £300,000 a week, a £50,000 per week increase. Juan Mata was also brought in during January, at an estimated cost of £8 million in wages per year.

And this precedes a proposed summer spending spree. The Mirror previously reported that to tempt Toni Kroos, the Red Devils are prepared to pay the German £12 million a year.

Kroos is likely only to be one of a number of top players lined up, all for hefty fees, and wages.

The challenge for United is offsetting this with the loss of big earners, such as Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand, with the Serbian certain to move on, and the other two speculated to follow.

Clearly however, a potential lack of European football is going to mean the Red Devils have to spend more to tempt players to the club, adding to the wage bill and increasing the pressure on David Moyes to succeed.

While it may not effect them next year, UEFA rules regarding financial fair play dictate a club cannot record a loss of £37.5 million or more over two successive seasons during which they are in Champions League or Europa League competition.

All of this is set against a financial backdrop of a club owned by American family The Glazers, who bought the club controversially, leveraged by debt, which the club are paying off, but with substantial interest payments.

A challenging summer awaits on the financial front, regarding fees spent on the players being brought in, and the wages they are paid, and United will have to ensure their desperation to bounce back does not lead to them doing irreparable harm to the club in the longer term.

Just as Chelsea attempt to be reining it back in, United appear to be embarking on a period of bigger spending, without guaranteed success.

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