By Kieran Maguire

23rd Sep, 2022 | 11:22am

Kieran Maguire questions Man United 'sanity' amid £208m transfer reveal

Man United have too often put “vanity over sanity” in their transfer dealings in recent years.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about recent figures revealed by the CIES Football Observatory.

The industry experts, who published their findings on Monday (16 September), claim that United have overspent on new signings to the tune of £208million compared to market value over the last decade.

The Red Devils spent £1.4billion on transfers during the same period, including approximately £216m in the summer ahead of 2022-23.

But United have had very little return on their investment in terms of silverware having now not won the Premier League for close to a decade.

Maguire suggested that club chiefs have at times been to eager to outbid rivals, leading to a substantial overspend.

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“Man United have at times put vanity ahead of sanity when it comes to player recruitment,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

When they have been in competition with other clubs, they have been prepared to outbid them.

We have seen this with Alexis Sanchez, Harry Maguire and, although it was a relatively low fee, Cristiano Ronaldo. On all three occasions, United outbid Man City, although it was partly to do with fee and partly to do with wages as well.

“There is no doubt that United have invested substantial sums on a quantitative basis. On a qualitative, basis, the jury is still very much out.

Perhaps with the exception of Bruno Fernandes, who was the last player they recruited you could really say that they had signed a bargain?

In other news, pundit claims Man United could now sign Jude Bellingham after £132m reveal.