Reds overtake United by spending wisely

For Liverpool much of the 1990s and 2000s were spent looking up in the Premier League table at Manchester United, thinking of ways they could bring about an end to their dominance.

However, in recent years the script has flipped and now Liverpool are dominant both domestically and internationally on the pitch. And while United may still claim victory when it comes to how much money they generate as a business, the past decade has illustrated just how wasteful they have been.

The difference in levels between Liverpool and United on Sunday was staggering and the gap that existed between the two teams in the 90s and 2000s in the Red Devils’ favour has disappeared, and the 5-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday showed the enormous chasm that now exists between the two sides.

It’s not even a case of Manchester United having to operate with reduced levels of income, they remain the Premier League club which generates the most money and have been willing spenders in the transfer market.

However, that hasn’t spilled over onto the pitch. Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2013 in which United won their 13th Premier League title, they have picked up a League Cup, FA Cup and a Europa League. For a club used to winning the big prizes, that simply isn’t good enough.

Since 2011 United have brought in £4.66bn in revenues, Liverpool had to play catch up under the ownership of Fenway Sports Group and while revenues have risen by 166 per cent over the past decade they remain behind United’s.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he and his team-mates cannot blame anyone else for their failures, telling Manchester United fans they “deserve much better than this” after 5-0 humiliation to bitter rivals Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were 4-0 up by half time at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and a brace from Mohamed Salah.

Salah completed his hat-trick after the break before Ronaldo had a consolation goal ruled out for offside after a VAR check, and technology was also consulted to give Paul Pogba a red card for his dangerous lunge on Reds midfielder Keita.

Taking to social media, Ronaldo told his 359million Instagram followers: “Sometimes the result is not the one we fight for. Sometimes the score is not the one we want.

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