What makes Manchester United a legend in its own time? Could it be the record 20 league titles, 12 FA Cups, three Champions League titles and the jaw dropping 21 Community shields? Or maybe it’s the fact that the Red Devils are one of the most recognised football clubs on the planet.
Take a look at a few fun facts about Manchester United and its brand value:
Manchester United - the Mega Money Generator
All those trophies are indeed impressive and it’s always nice to have a global fan following but what separates Manchester United from the rest of the top flight is its value in pounds and pence!
According to the clever guys who spend their time calculating these sorts of things, Man United is estimated to be worth around £3,5 billion.
Break the number down and the match day value of the Red Devils - the revenue the club earns from you, the fan, at the gate - is a cool £540 million. The estimated value attached to the brand is £365 million and the intrinsic worth of the TV broadcasting rights is a little over £1,4 billion.
The biggest generator of funds by far is that of sponsorships and merchandising; the commercial side of the club that tips the scales at almost £1,2 billion. In pure monetary value Manchester United comes in third after Real Madrid and Barcelona… no wonder Old Trafford is known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’!
Pre-Season Friendlies and the Global Nature of the Squad
The 2019/20 Premier League season
is the first in a decade where Manchester United will be without its talisman and captain, Antonio Valencia. Known for his excellent man management and speed, agility and technique on the ball, the Ecuadorian is likely to be sorely missed.
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This year’s squad is a fairly large one with 40 players in all. Along with 10 England men the squad comprises representatives of 14 countries - Spain, Sweden, Ivory Coast, France, Chile, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, Wales, the Netherlands, Serbia, Italy and Scotland.
This make Manchester United a global phenomenon - and a pretty promising one at that. They won five of the six pre-season friendlies, only blotting their copy book with a tie against AC Milan.
Managers Breaking the Mould
Up until 2014 when Louis Van Gaal of the Netherlands stepped into the management role every single manager hailed from the UK. There’ve been 12 Englishmen, seven Scots, two Welshmen and a lone Irishman. Since the Van Gaal era, there’s been a Portuguese and a Dane in charge of things!
Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer propel the Red Devils to their former glory when they dominated English football under Sir Alec Ferguson?
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