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Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria boost Manchester United shirt sales

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Manchester United may be struggling in the league as things stand, but at least off the pitch they're still doing as well as ever.

The Red Devils have just five points from their first five games with just a single victory to their name so far this season, despite spending over £150 million in the summer transfer window.

Cash

However splashing the cash does look to have paid off in one respect, with newly released figures showing that two new signings, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao have helped improve shirt sales dramatically.

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Falcao, who is on loan from Monaco until the end of the season with a clause to make the move permanent for a fee of around £45 million, accounted for an astonishing 33% of all Manchester United shirt sales world wide in the week after the transfer window slammed shut.

Expensive

Di Maria, who is the most expensive player in British football history following his £59.7 million move to Manchester United from Real Madrid also helped trading, boosting shirt sales by 24%. The Argentine has had the biggest impact overall, with 20.6% of all sales.

The pattern continued at Chelsea and Arsenal, whose new summer signings Cesc Fabgregas and Alex Sanchez helped boost shirt sales by 36.4% and 26.6% respectively. Despite splashing more than £100 million on new players, it was a familiar face at Liverpool who led the way; captain Steven Gerrard accounted for almost a quarter of shirt sales in the week after deadline day.

Defeat

Manchester United will certainly hope there is more positive news to come after a galling last week or so. They stumbled to a humiliating 5-3 defeat against newly-promoted Leicester on Sunday having taken a commanding 3-2 lead. 

That led to reports of a bust up in the dressing room after the game with boss Louis van Gaal said to have heavily criticised his players for throwing away the game. The Daily Mail also claimed that his players hit back at his decision to take off star man Di Maria with around 15 minutes of the game remaining as Leicester mounted their charge.

They will have the chance to bounce back when they take on West Ham at Old Trafford this weekend.

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