Next Monday will take place at Old Trafford the 144th clash in official competitions between Manchester United and Manchester City being the top two positions of Barclays Premier League occupied, at the moment, respectively, by these two clubs separated by 15 points. As has been usual, Football Industry presents a set of comparative tables between both clubs divided into three distinct areas: Web, Finance and Sports Performance.
Such comparisons allows us to have an overview of the two clubs, their dimension and the chances of both teams.
WEB
Regarding the online component, the strategy of Manchester United differs from the one adopted by its rival. In fact, Manchester City is present in various social networks having reached an interesting number of followers although, with regard to Facebook, is still quite far from United. In this social network, Manchester City has only 15% of the number of fans of its rival. Regarding the websites of both clubs, currently, manutd.com is in a better position both at a national and international level.
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Note: Manchester United’s Twitter belongs only to its Press Office.
FINANCE
In terms of revenues, Manchester United presents stronger figures occupying the third position in Deloitte Football Money League 2013 compared to the seventh position of Manchester City. Regarding the revenue structure of the clubs, City has a greater dependence on revenues from TV rights and commercial deals while the Reds structure is more divided between the three sources. However, in the last ten seasons, Manchester City has managed to achieve a remarkable growth, due to the effort to evolve of the club and its owners, more than tripling its revenues. Moreover, Manchester United has shown better results in UEFA competitions and, therefore, gathered higher revenues through this source. Simultaneously, the Reds have a more valuable brand and a better average attendance although the squad of City is considered more valuable. Finally, the Blues did not show encouraging results in their latest report and accounts having recorded a negative net result and personnel costs that exceed the ones of their rival in spite of having a lower net debt.
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SPORTS PERFORMANCE
Manchester United also has a greater dominance in the sports performance area having been victorious 59 times in the 143 clashes in official competitions between these teams compared with the 39 triumphs of Manchester City. Regarding the remaining performance indicators during this season, shown in the table below, there is a greater balance between both teams.
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Notes: (1) Data collected on March 31, 2013, (2) When counting the number of trophies won were considered the following competitions: FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Cup Winners Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Community Shield, English League Cup and FA Cup.
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