The Manchester Derby is set to be the most expensive football match ever.
With both sides’ spending having reached dizzying heights over the summer, estimates suggest that the combined price of the 22 players that may take to the field on Saturday evening will be just over £670m. SIX-HUNDRED-AND-SEVENTY-MILLION-POUNDS. Crazy.
However, we have a suspicion the value may be dragged down slightly by the potential inclusions of Marcus Rashford and Kelechi Iheanacho, yet the academy kids could have the biggest says.
Indeed, both teenagers have been in terrific form over the course of the past 12 months, breaking into their respective Manchester teams’ senior set-ups and impressing enough to be considered genuine options alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero.
Although Rashford, perhaps due to his English roots, has gained the lion’s share of the attention, it’s actually City’s Iheanacho who’s performed more effectively.
Okay, the stats are by their very essence subjective, but the standout numbers show that the Citizens starlet has scored more goals, created more chances and matched Rashford’s tally of assists.
He may have made more than double his rival’s appearances, but he’s actually played fewer minutes of Premier League football, making his achievements all the more noteworthy.