Manchester United took their spending in the Premier League era to more than £1 billion in the summer.
That’s over a 25-year period. The precise figure, according to bettingexpert.com, is £1,156,462,500.
Given that £444 million of that was spent since 2014-15, anyone who had no idea of football could be forgiven for thinking that United were far and away the best team in Europe.
We all know, of course, that that’s not the case. Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, United have just one FA Cup trophy to show for their efforts.
United bolstered in defence, midfield and attack in the transfer window, but their form this season suggests more spending is required if the Red Devils are to rejoin the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of football’s spectrum.
Jose Mourinho’s expensive side sits seventh in the Premier League table. The highly-anticipated head-to-head battle between United and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hasn’t quite worked out as imagined.
Either that or United are just delaying their charge.
Giggs' dream signing
Mourinho added some dynamism to his midfield with the £89 million signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus. Ten games into his second United career, it’s still unclear whether or not the Frenchman is the full package.
It’s perhaps for this reason that Ryan Giggs wants to see some creativity embedded into United’s midfield.
Speaking at the Champions League Trophy Tour in Zagreb, the ex-United winger was asked for his views on Croatian players.
He named Luka Modric as Croatia’s standout player, admitting he “would love” for the Real Madrid star to join United.
“Croatia have great players & my current favourite is Modric,” Giggs said, per the official Champions League Twitter account. “Would love him to join Man Utd!”
So would every other United supporter out there.
Unfortunately, that’s very unlikely to happen. Modric has grown from being voted Los Blancos’ worst signing in 2012 into one of their finest players.
The 31-year-old’s importance to Madrid was reflected in their recent decision to extend his contract until 2020.