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FA Cup Final Weekend (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

Don’t let the title deceive you (literally Fergie), this podcast might include FA Cup content, but that doesn’t stop us from welcoming Jamie Whitehead onto the pod for 3for3. The pod talk Italy, USA, England and journalistic values.

Manchester is obviously still suffering from the fallout, the podcast discuss that and the potential of all other sides to make the top four, in review.

With Chelsea facing Liverpool this weekend, there is plenty to look forward to, though the rivalry now is a little different. Do you think it’s still as fiery?Let us know on Twitter, join the conversation:

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  1. Ry_Mar

    May 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hey guys – great stuff as always, far and away the best podcast available today. Full disclaimer, I’ve been a United fan for the last 30 years or so, so take my opinion with a pinch of salt.

    But. Your discussion on spending between City and United is something I’ve been waiting to hear as it’s inevitable given the two clubs’ positions and most of it is fair. However, I think you guys were quite artfully dancing around the true figures. You picked specific examples of team values (such as the way the 2 lined up last Monday) and specific players over time (Rooney/ Ferdinand) but what football has never seen to date is the sheer spending by City in such a short period of time. Yes, United have bought players that are £25m+ several times – but this has been spread over the course of a decade.

    For me, the difference in spending is the ‘oops’ factor. That’s what separates City from United. Yes, United paid £30m for Berbatov – and it didn’t work out. So he’s still there, still under performing and still our 4th striker. Whereas, City were able to spend very similar amounts on Adebayor, and just write him off. So Jo, Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Robinho, Bellamy, SWP – all players City have just been able to write off – cost about £150m. That’s about the same amount as United has spent in the same amount of time in total. City will win the league because they have a strike force consisting of Tevez, Dzeko, Aguero, Balotelli, Silva, Nasri and Toure – all of whom cost right around the same as United’s Rooney.

    And that’s the difference. When Rooney has an off game, United rely on Hernandez and Welbeck, or maybe Valencia to pick up the slack. But City are able to rotate out £30m players and replace them with £30m players.

    The bottom line is that due to the influence of the Glazers, United’s net spend in the past 5 seasons is less than Villa, Stoke and even Sunderland. And in that time City have spent more than 8 times as much. (£418m compared to £51m according to Put another way, City’s Net Spend in that time period is almost equal to the rest of the entire league combined!

    So yes, City without a doubt deserve to win the title because they’re the best team in the country, and have the best squad by a country mile. But the fact remains that it is not down to incredible coaching, or great youth development, or any of those things. It’s down to the fact that they have been able to buy a squad of world class players, all at their peak, and not had to deal with problems of inconsistent youth, or ageing veterans. If City end up tied with United on points I think it says more about Ferguson – because other than perhaps Valencia and maybe Rooney, not a single United player would get into a ‘best of Manchester’ team this season.

    What will be far more telling and interesting is how they defend their title. Will they just continue to purchase the best players at their peak from around Europe for top dollar? Or will they be forced to use the players they have, and follow what for all other teams is a lifecycle.

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