Why are Manchester United bad sellers?
Manchester United right back Rafael has been sold to Olympique Lyon for 2.5 million. Or to put it another way. Highly experienced Manchester United right back , only recently turned 25, with a contract that doesn’t expire until next summer, three premier league winners medals in his cabinet, and I repeat, only just 25 years of age. Sold for 2.5 million! Ridiculous isn’t it?
Manchester United are well known for selling players on the cheap but enough is enough. The fees we receive for our players is bordering on the insane. Yes the club is extremely wealthy but I don’t recall free tickets or United tops being randomly handed out to the people who fund that wealth – the fans – so why are we giving our players away for next to nothing? Rather than giving hand outs to other clubs how about getting a decent price for our players and giving back to the fans for a change.
Hull’s right back is 3 times better than Rafael?
Staying with Rafael, let’s compare his sale to that of Hull City full back James Chester – coincidentally another Manchester United youth product. Chester joined West Bromwich Albion from Hull City for 8 million pounds last month and it doesn’t take a genius to establish – a Liverpool fan would do – that Chester isn’t anywhere near the same level as Rafael. So why the huge difference in price?
Contract length? No, both Rafael and Chester’s contracts expire at the same time next summer. Age? No, Chester is actually a year older than Rafael. Wages? Rafael was reportedly on 60k a week at United. Admittedly a large sum but for Manchester United far from crippling – to put it in to context Jonny Evans robs the club of 65k a week.
The fact is there is no logical explanation for Manchester United’s neglectful approach to selling players and the Rafael/James Chester deal highlights that perfectly. Maybe it’s incompetence, maybe there’s something more sinister going? But something is definitely amiss.
Manchester United is about making money
“So what?” may be the response of some fans. Well one thing Manchester United have always been exceptional at is selling their brand to their followers at premium prices. Whether it’s the latest Manchester United home kit or your very own Manchester United toilet brush – for cleaning off our latest win over the scousers from your toilet pan – United price high because they know they’ll sell high in huge volumes. Those in charge can go on about sponsorship deals funding the club way more than ticket sales etc but the reality is if you don’t have fans you don’t get sponsors. So why are United so obsessed in bleeding their fans dry but are more than happy to hand out gifts to other clubs for next to nothing?
As many United fans will know, it’s not just the Rafael deal. United have been offloading players for way below market value for years. This year alone we’ve reportedly let Nani (4.25 mil), Robin Van Persie (4.5 mil), Zaha (6 mil) & Rafael (2.5 mil) go for a combined total of just under 17.5 million. 17.5 million! It defies belief! Yes with Nani and RVP there were large wages to take in to account but it doesn’t excuse the fact you can buy one of the best forwards in the world, an established international in his prime, a 25 year old experienced right back and a young English player with bags of potential for half the price of Benteke! It’s not acceptable and it’s awful business sense.
I’m sure if the club were of a mind to explain these deals – I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one – they’d say there were valid reasons for accepting these deals and the club always works hard to achieve the best price possible for Manchester United football club. If fans want to believe that then that’s their right. But ask yourself this. If Arsenal were offered Rafael, Nani, RVP and Zaha tomorrow for 30 million we all know they, like every other club in the Premier League & Europe’s top leagues, would snap our hands off. Because 30 million is an absolute steal for all that talent. And we got barely half of that.
Manchester United are happy to sell to rivals
Some might say that the selling market is restricted when you can’t sell to rivals in the Premier League. If fans are still falling for that nonsense then they’d do well to look back at the Welbeck to Arsenal deal last August, or the fact that Zaha went to Crystal Palace, or that we just sold Cleverley to Everton. If a player isn’t good enough in the manager’s eyes then it clearly doesn’t matter where we sell them.
The harsh truth is United are terrible at selling. Something that may not concern a lot of fans but something that concerns me when the club is so happy to charge us fans top dollar.
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