Man Utd continue financial dominance over Man City

Shaun Botterill
There is an opposite gulf on the pitch, but Jose Mourinho's side are continuing their financial stranglehold on the rivalry

Manchester United have continued their financial dominance over Manchester City, per KPMG Football Benchmark.

While Pep Guardiola's side won the Premier League last season by a staggering 19 points, earning 100 points, United maintain a stranglehold on the rivalry off the pitch.

The study, reported on at Soccerex, shows that City, who are owned by Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, have begun to close the gap on United, but remain well behind the Glazer family-owned outfit.

While City’s revenue growth since the 2011-12 season of 108 per cent dwarfs that of United’s 76%, United’s 2017-18 figure of €666 million ($754.8m) still hugely outweighs their rival’s overall figure of €568m ($643.7m).

City's broadcast revenue of €239m ($270.8m) is marginally the greater, the capacity of United’s 75,000-seater Old Trafford stadium means that its overall matchday revenue continues to dominate that of the Etihad.

At €124m ($140.4m), United’s matchday numbers almost double those of City, whose home games brought in €64m ($72.4m) of revenue during the 2017-18 season.

The report reads: "While in the first season under analysis United registered revenues 39 per cent higher than City, in the last season such a gap was reduced to 17 per cent.

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"These figures are a result of the wider international appeal gained by Manchester City FC in recent seasons, which is especially reflected in broadcast (+129 per cent over the seven seasons), thanks to constant UEFA Champions League participation unlike the Red Devils."         

City and United met on the pitch before the international break, with Guardiola's men running out 3-1 winners.


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