Man City insulted Manchester United again because the financial disclosure could give fans what they want – Alex Brotherton

You’ve probably seen the news by now: Manchester City have recorded more revenue than Manchester United for the first time in the club’s history.

City’s annual report revealed that the club’s revenue for the 2020/21 financial year was £569.8 million, well above United’s £494 million. It seems that Pep Guardiola’s team is not only miles ahead of its rivals across town on the pitch, but also off the field.

Many of us have enjoyed this watershed moment over the past 24 hours, understandably so. But when the dust settles and we’re done comparing bank balances, there’s a very real question to ask City: What does this news mean for backers?

Skeptics will point out that the pandemic has skewed the numbers dramatically, and they would be right. The fact that most matches during the 2020/21 period were played behind closed doors decimated both teams’ revenue on match day, but it affected United far more than it did City.

The numbers also include income from the end of the 2019/20 season, where Project Restart and the Champions League mini-knockout cycle fell into the 2020/21 financial year. City benefited more from that than United.

But the main reason they increased City’s revenue by more than £90m was their success on the pitch and commercial revenue.

According to the accounting firm KPMG, Guardiola’s team’s reaching the Champions League final alone brought the club £108m in prize money, while the aforementioned Project Restart tournament and Champions League knockout round in 2020, the Premier League and the Carabao Cup triumphed in 2021 and running into the 2021 FA Cup semi-finals give City a broadcasting income of close to £300m.

City’s exploits in the Champions League last season earned them £108m in prize money from UEFA.

When you consider that City’s commercial partnerships have brought in an additional £271m, it becomes clear that, unlike United, City do not rely on match-day income to publish good numbers.

With fans back at the Etihad Stadium and Pep’s side looking in good shape to win more titles this season, City are looking to do well in 2021/22 financially.

If City are in such a healthy financial position, it makes sense to ask the club to pass on this prosperity to their loyal supporters.

City are to be commended for offering a wide range of season tickets at various price points – the cheapest adult season ticket is £325, compared to United’s £532.

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However, season ticket costs tended to rise year-on-year – prior to the 2019/20 season, the cost of season tickets at Etihad Stadium had increased on average by 3%.

For those not lucky enough to get a season pass, seeing the City can be costly.

To visit Watford in April – not, by anyone’s standards, a particularly high class match – the cheapest adult ticket is £42.

By comparison, tickets for Liverpool’s match against Watford in April can be had for £39, while seats are available for Chelsea and Watford in May for £25, admittedly the offer is slightly restricted.

If so little of City’s record-breaking revenue has come from match days, why should the club have to charge so much ticket fees? Unlike United, City have a unique opportunity to pass their off-field success to the fans.

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The same goes for imitation shirts. While the kit manufacturers will take at least 80% of the proceeds from the sale of the equipment, the clubs are paid huge sums for wearing the manufacturer’s jersey. In 2019, City Football Group signed a 10-year contract with Puma worth £650 million.

At the start of this season, a new Manchester City shirt was on sale for £70. Chelsea was also £70 and United was £65. As with tickets, if City were far ahead of their rivals in terms of revenue, surely they could pass on some of the savings to the fans?

City is a fantastically run football club that deserves to be commended. But there’s also nothing wrong with backers asking for a simple refund. Recording big revenue is all well and good, but it doesn’t mean much to regular people if we don’t feel the impact.

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