Manchester United’s squad is the highest paid in the Premier League, eclipsing Arsenal’s wage bill by almost 50%, Liverpool’s by almost a third and sits at more than double Tottenham’s.

With United in ‘crisis’ after their penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Derby at Old Trafford that saw them pick up their third red card in five games this season, the media turned to the cost of Jose Mourinho’s squad that is underperforming.

We all know the cost of assembling a team that contains Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez et al and that United like to pay stupid wages, but it really makes you stop and think when you see the figures laid out:

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Daily Mail 26 September 2018
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Daily Mail 26 September 2018

Of course, United also generate far more revenue than other clubs and with their wage bill sitting at 50% of their income, they are still in a healthy position financially, if not on the pitch at present.

United generated a British-record £590m in revenue and profit of £44.1m according to their latest set of accounts and it should be noted that it the Daily Mail have not used the most recent accounts for the other sides listed as they have not been released yet.

Although that is not expected to move United from the top spot, it will most likely close the gap somewhat when they are made available.

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