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UEFA report says Manchester United 2023 squad is most expensive in football history

AC Milan have their eyes set on Manchester United's star defender.
AC Milan have their eyes set on Manchester United's star defender. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s 2023 squad is the most expensive in football history according to UEFA report

According to a report by UEFA (h/t BBC), Manchester United’s squad in 2023 was the most expensive one in football history. It states that player fees near the end of the 2023 financial year were around £1.21bn.

This includes a £85m deal for Antony, who has only made two goal contributions this season. It also includes the £80m the club paid for Harry Maguire and the £73m for Jadon Sancho.

Now that this squad has officially become the most expensive squad in football history, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Man United severely underperformed when their accomplishments are pitted against the amount of money they spent.

The 2023 season was Erik ten Hag’s first at the club, and while no one expected the squad to break records, expecting a couple of trophies is by no means taking it too far. However, the Dutchman fell just short of that goal.

The Red Devils finished third in the Premier League, while bitter rivals Man City won it all, including the FA Cup and the Champions League, to complete their treble. Erik ten Hag also won a trophy by defeating Newcastle United to lift the Carabao Cup.

Trophies come and go, but the lack of output from United’s expensive stars is hard to ignore. Antony seems like he doesn’t know what to do when faced with the goal; meanwhile, Jadon Sancho hasn’t even featured for the squad since August last year and is currently on loan with Borussia Dortmund.

Jadon Sancho has been impressive during his time away from Manchester United
Jadon Sancho has been impressive during his time away from Manchester United. (Photo by Leon Kuegeler/Getty Images)

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The Red Devils can afford to spend even more money now that Sir Jim Ratcliffe is here. However, it’ll be important for the team to make the right signings if they wish to find success next season.

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