Cardiff received more than £62million in TV revenue for the 2013/14 season, while United won £60million for their league success the previous campaign.
It comes as a result of a three-year television broadcast deal which sees all Premier League clubs earning more from this season onwards. The pot over the three years sits at a staggering £3.018bn, which will be shared between each club based on their TV appearances.
Cardiff were broadcast eight times over the course of the season, and their £62million payment for finishing bottom of the table is £20million more than QPR received the previous year.
So what does this mean for Cardiff City in particular?
The deal serves as good news to supporters of the club as, provided their owner Vincent Tan pumps the money straight back into the club, they will reap the benefits in the transfer market.
The cash will more than likely go toward this summer’s transfer budget, where Cardiff will be looking to strengthen their side with Championship-suited players, and reduce their massive wage bill with the likes of Gary Medel, Steven Caulker and Kenwyne Jones all reportedly earning a considerable amount.
It essentially gives Cardiff, along with Fulham and Norwich City as the Premier League’s other relegated clubs, an advantage in recruiting the necessary elements to make an immediate return to the top-flight.
For Cardiff, it can be seen as extra budget, with billionaire Tan already having invested plenty of cash over the last year. Tan is set to become involved on a more personal level with transfer dealings this summer, after he accused former manager Malky Mackay of overspending before the start of last season.
The Malaysian’s money will not be an issue in his attempts to get Cardiff back in the Premier League, but as many have discovered over the years, cash is not always enough. His patience is set to be tested, with the club having notoriously struggled for promotion in recent years.
See below all Premier League clubs' television revenue for the 2013/14 season.