This Saturday’s Manchester derby is set to be the most expensive match-up in the history of football.The Old Trafford showdown will not only pit Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola – the most-decorated managers in Europe – against each other, but also 22 players worth over £670m in transfer fees.
The hugely anticipated game sees Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola renew their old rivalry from La Liga, in charge of their respective new clubs.Both sides have made a perfect start to the season, each winning their first three Premier League matches under their new managers.
Manchester United lead the way with a predicted starting XI costing £350.55m, including the world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba, who returned to the club this summer for £93.25m from Juventus. The hosts are also likely to field Anthony Martial (£57.6m) and Luke Shaw (£28m), who both broke the record for the world’s most expensive teenager when they were signed, as well as Juan Mata (£37.1m), Eric Bailly (£30m) Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m) and captain Wayne Rooney (£27m).
In contrast to those mega sums, star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was signed for free in the summer, after the Swede left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract.
The Manchester City predicted line-up cost the club £321.85m to assemble, with Kevin de Bruyne (£54.5m), John Stones (£50m), Raheem Sterling (£49m) and Leroy Sane (£37m) among their most expensive additions over the past two years.
The Transfer of Claudio Bravo From Barcelona to Manchester City for a fee of £17.1m, after letting Joe Hart depart.
Can Bravo be the difference for City?Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic be the difference for United? Will Sergio Aguero’s ban prove critical for City? Who has the best ATTACK and DEFENSE? All Questions will be answered on Saturday.
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via: Sky Sports
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