Manchester United boast most impressive cost-per-trophy ratio

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Manchester United blow Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and local rivals Manchester City out of the water when it comes to money spent in comparison to the number of trophies won over the past 11 years.

This graphic, brought to our attention by the Metro, shows that Manchester United have spent £588 million in that time - only the fourth highest of their Premier League rivals - and have yielded 18 trophies as a result.

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Man Utd: £32.7m per trophy

This means that for every £32.7 million spent - less than the price Liverpool paid Newcastle United for Andy Carroll in January 2011 - the Red Devils win a trophy.

Sir Alex Ferguson won all but one of those 18 trophies - which include six Premier League titles, a Champions League, a FIFA World Club Cup, one FA Cup, three League Cups and multiple Community Shields, one of which was secured by Ferguson's successor David Moyes.

There is now pressure on United's current boss, Louis van Gaal, to ensure the Red Devils continue winning trophies over the forthcoming years.

The Premier League giants have spent £146 million on new signings this summer, so this suggests United fans can expect to see their team lift at least another four trophies before they splash the cash again.

Arsenal: £57.8m per trophy

Arsenal are next in line, with six trophies won and a total of £347 million spent - the lowest total of the top six Premier League clubs. That gives the Gunners a cost-per-trophy ratio of £57.8 million.

However, this stat is perhaps a little misleading when you consider Arsenal went nine whole years without winning a trophy. Their last Premier League triumph came in 2004, while their most recent trophy was last season's FA Cup.

Chelsea: £67.2m per trophy

Chelsea have spent the most of all six featured teams - an eye-watching £874 million - but they have won a respectable 13 trophies, including three Premier League titles and a Champions League.

This gives the west London outfit a cost-per-trophy ratio of £67.2 million, which the Blues' owner Roman Abramovich would probably deem 'satisfactory' at best.

After a trophy-less season last term, the Russian billionaire is expecting Jose Mourinho to deliver the goods this time around.

Liverpool: £100m per trophy

Liverpool have spent a surprisingly high figure over the past 11 years: a grand total of £604 million.

This means the Merseyside club have spent an average of £100 million for their six trophies won during that period of time. Not fantastic, but not the worst of the top six Premier League clubs.

Man City: £144m per trophy

Next up it's the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, who have forked out a cool £724 million over the past 11 years.

In return, they have won five trophies, including two Premier League titles - meaning they have spent an average of £144 million per trophy. However, we all expect their trophy tally to rise considerably over the next few years.

Tottenham: £472m per trophy

And in last place in the cost-per-trophy stakes it's Tottenham, who have spent £472 million and only have the League Cup to show for their expenditure.

And we all thought Daniel Levy was the master negotiator...

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