Manchester, Thursday @Peoplesport11
Saturday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford is set to be the most expensive game in football history, with United and City boasting sides worth a combined total of more than an eye-watering £600million (Sh81b).
With new bosses on both sides of the city, United manager Jose Mourinho and City chief Pep Guardiola both splashed the cash this summer in a bid to earn bragging rights over their rivals and challenge for the Premier League crown.
The spending splurge, which has seen the likes of Paul Pogba and John Stones switch to the red and blue sides of the city respectively, means hundreds of millions of pounds worth of talent will take to the field for what is undoubtedly the biggest game of the season so far.
While both managers may yet make some late changes, Pogba’s expected presence in the United midfield following his £89m (Sh12b) switch back to England means Mourinho’s side will be worth a total of £328.1m (Sh44.3b).
That far exceeds the value of City’s possible team, with six of Mourinho’s likely side having cost the club £30m (Sh4b) or more when they arrived at Old Trafford. Former Chelsea boss Mourinho has never been afraid to splash the cash and after taking over at United this summer, he’s done so again in a bid to return the club to the top.
Pogba’s £89m move, the deal is worth up to £100m with agents’ fees included, was the dominant story of the summer window but Eric Bailly’s £31.5m arrival from Villarreal was another big money transfer brokered by Mourinho.
Guardiola forked out £168m (Sh22.7b) on Stones, Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Nolito in the window just closed as he stamped his mark on the Etihad squad. –Dailymail