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Who cost what? Comparing Man United and Arsenal's teams

Manchester United were widely hailed for beating title-chasing Arsenal despite fielding a youthful squad at Old Trafford on Sunday, but Arsene Wenger took a different view.

The Arsenal manager hit back in his post-match news conference when he was asked about how difficult the result was to take, given United's youthfulness. Wenger said "let's not go overboard" and pointed out out that they had "spent a few million".

An examination of the exact transfer fees spent on all players who featured at Old Trafford, according to figures on, suggests that he has a point.

Although Arsenal had the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on the pitch, they were the only two Gunners players who cost more than £20 million. Meanwhile, United fielded five men who were acquired for more than £20m, in addition to several youngsters.

Here is a player-by-player guide to the prices.

Man United XI vs. Arsenal
The total cost for the players used by Manchester United was £172.9m.
Arsenal XI vs. Man United NEW
The total cost for the players used by Arsenal was £152.3m.

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.


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