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As the two Manchester based rivals go head to head, Goal.com takes a look at the market values of the two teams and wonders if that bring us any closer to defining an outcome...

As the English season turns sixteen matchweeks old, we have upon us the first Manchester Derby of the season, hosted by the ‘Sky Blues’ at their fortress, the Etihad Stadium. While it is too early to call it a title deciding clash, it shall certainly have a psychological effect on both.

The same fixture yielded a narrow win for Roberto Mancini’s troops last season, via a Vincent Kompany thumping header and the result eventually proved to be of massive significance during Manchester City’s triumphant cliff-hanging title run-in.

Furthermore, having embarked upon a 37-game unbeaten home run since their disappointing loss to David Moyes’ Everton almost 24 months ago, the Citizens are billed as the prime favourites to come out victorious over their arch-rivals on Sunday.

Thus, as part of Goal.com’s extensive build-up to the battle for supremacy in Manchester, this article compares the relative market values of various departments of the two sides.

MARKET VALUES | Goalkeepers
MARKET VALUE
MARKET VALUE
€23.5m
€03.5m
€00.25m
HART
PANTILIMON
WRIGHT
DE GEA
LINDEGAARD

17.5m
€05.0m

€27.25m TOTAL
TOTAL €22.5m

(Data from transfermarkt.co.uk)

A comfortable victory for Manchester City in this division as the Sky Blues’ custodian, Joe Hart, often regarded as one of the best exponents of his art, boasts an asking price that is alone €1million greater than United’s complete package.

However, City trail United when it comes to quality, as both Costel Pantilimon and Richard Wright are far from reliable goalkeeping options and it is fair to say that the former is yet to even justify the €3.5million price-tag put on his head.

Thus, an injury to Hart could turn out to be a major disaster for the Citizens, whereas their counterparts have the luxury to juggle between the slightly overpriced De Gea and €5million valued Anders Lindegaard.

MARKET VALUE | Defenders
MARKET VALUE
MARKET VALUE
€35.0m
€15.0m
€08.0m
€15.0m
€14.0m
€15.0m
€18.5m
€07.0m
€14.5m
KOMPANY
LESCOTT
TOURE
NASTASIC
KOLAROV

CLICHY
RICHARDS
MAICON
ZABALETA
JONES
FERDINAND
EVANS
SMALLING
VIDIC
EVRA
BUTTNER
RAFAEL
€18.0m
€06.0m
€09.5m
€15.0m
€25.5m
€15.5m
€06.0m
€09.0m
142m TOTAL TOTAL 104.5m

(Data from transfermarkt.co.uk)

The two captains make the bulk of their respective sides’ market value in this department, as City latch on to another victory with the cost of their backline exceeding that of United by over €35million.

And rightly so! City possess one of the best defensive set-ups in the country, whereas United's leaky defence has become an European laughing stock lately, with even minnows Reading netting three goals against the Red Devils. Captain Vincent Kompany leads the way with a valuation of €35million, almost €10million more than United’s captain and highest rated defender, Nemanja Vidic.

It is perhaps the reigning English champions’ full-backs who make the fundamental difference between the two clubs, with all of them barring Maicon, showcasing a price range of more than €10million.

A shocking discovery is however Patrice Evra’s valuation of  €15.5 million, as the Frenchman’s horrendous defensive showings lately have done little to suggest that he is even remotely deserving of the hefty price chalked up against his name.

MARKET VALUE | Midfielders
MARKET VALUE MARKET VALUE
€20.0m
€15.0m
10.0m
€36.5m
€21.0m
€25.0m
€50.0m
€10.0m

GARCIA
RODWELL
BARRY
TOURE
MILNER
NASRI
SILVA
SINCLAIR

ANDERSON
GIGGS
CARRICK
SCHOLES
CLEVERLEY
FLETCHER
POWELL
KAGAWA
YOUNG
VALENCIA
NANI
BEBE
€12.0m
€01.0m
€14.0m
€01.0m
€08.5m
€10.0m
€03.0m
€22.0m
€27.0m
€27.5m
€36.5m
€01.0m
€187.5m TOTAL TOTAL €163.5m

(Data from transfermarkt.co.uk)

It’s three out of three for Manchester City and although United do enjoy a numerical advantage, City’s sparkling midfield dominance proves to be too much for the Red Devils’ ageing and inconsistent one.

Spain international David Silva is the most expensive midfielder from the two teams with an asking price of €50 million, easily beating off competition from Luis Nani and teammate Yaya Toure, both priced at €36.5 million.

City clearly oozes talent and promise in the centre of the park as their reserve player, Scott Sinclair, is worth only €4million less than United’s Michael Carrick, who on the other hand, is a prominent member of Alex Ferguson’s starting eleven.

United’s major input in this department comes from their currently off-form wingmen and the injured Shinji Kagawa, with the Japanese likely to enjoy a further boost in his market price once he makes his return and gels into the team. 

MARKET VALUE | Strikers
MARKTWERT MARKET VALUE
€29.0m
€51.0m
€22.5m
€32.0m
€07.0m
DZEKO
AGUERO
TEVEZ
BALOTELLI
GUIDETTI
ROONEY
CHICHARITO
VAN PERSIE
WELBECK
HENRIQUEZ
MACHEDA
€65.0m
€18.0m
€43.0m
€17.0m
€05.0m
€02.5m
€141.5m TOTAL TOTAL 150.5m
 €498.25m FINAL TOTAL
FINAL TOTAL 441.00m

(Data from transfermarkt.co.uk)

The red half of Manchester finally pips its blue counterpart, as the highly touted attacking duo of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who is the most valuable player of the two teams, contribute a mammoth €108 million towards their club’s attack, a sum that is alone worth more than relegation-threatened QPR’s entire squad.

City’s costliest striker and player, Sergio Aguero, brings about €51 million towards the team’s final third, whereas, the trio of Tevez, Balotelli and Dzeko all make heavy contributions. It does come as a bit of surprise that Tevez is undervalued than Dzeko and Balotelli.  

Surprisingly, such is United’s embarrassment of riches up front that the team’s six-man attack is just valued at €13 million less than the team’s 13-man midfield.


Conclusion

Manchester City- Net Total: €498.25m

Manchester United- Net Total: €441m

Money-wise, Manchester City are clearly more valuable than United. However, trophies and accolades are not awarded to the richest club and one won’t be shocked if the men representing the red half of Manchester outdo their pricey neighbours.

Nonetheless, for all the fans around the globe, the stage is set for drama, goals, revenge and above all, high level of football. Take the front row seat and iron your jersey, shut off the outer world, for real football is right here.  



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