MANCHESTER United paid their players an average salary of £7.19million last season – research suggests. That figure is more than any other club in the Premier League, which on the basis of the numbers involved, has proven its worth as football’s blue-ribbon division.
While it was an underwhelming season for United last term on the field – the Red Devils are likely to feel even more aggrieved by their shortcomings given the money the club invested in their squad.
According to a study by Safe betting sites, they were England’s biggest spenders when it comes to wages – sitting top of the pile ahead of fellow rivals, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
However, they were still somehow outperformed by Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who finished fifth in the table after a late blip that saw them surrender Champions League football.
Arsenal’s average annual salary was just £3.5m which is some £3.69m less than rivals, United who were eventually finished with a whimper in sixth place.
That stat is indicative of the exceptional work the Spaniard is doing at the Emirates, where he seemingly has Arsenal punching above their weight.
While it’s clear the Gunners spent big this summer on a host of new signings, their wage bill is still not quite at the same level as some of their Big Six rivals.
United’s is only going to have got bigger this summer too following the captures of high-profile signings, Casemiro and Antony.
With the Red Devils spending more than any other team, it’s hard to make an argument for another sixth-place finish being accepted by the board.