Since the Glazer family took over in 2005, the club has won four Premier League titles, one Champions League and three League Cups, as well as reaching Europe’s showpiece final on two other occasions.

Why Man United can't compete with City or Chelsea

In that time, United have been outspent not just by reigning Premier League champions Man City (net spend £417.12m) and European champs Chelsea (£276.44m), but also Liverpool (£108.95m) and (£90.95m), with the net spend at Old Trafford totalling £52.6m in the past seven years.

Even more shockingly, in the past three years United have been outspent in terms of net transfer dealings by Hull, and Burnley.

That incredible statistic is explained by Cristiano Ronaldo’s world record transfer to Real Madrid, but that is still money banked by the club that has not been spent on the kind of marquee signings that City, Chelsea and the Spanish giants pursue.

While United are hardly paupers, it appears that Sir has been forced to make his team punch above their weight in terms of the money spent in the transfer market and, with City and Chelsea set to strengthen further this summer, the great Scot’s task isn’t getting any easier.

Click the arrows above to see how United’s spending has progressed and let us know if you think the club can continue to compete with the game’s biggest spenders, on and off the pitch…

by talkSport