Manchester United flexed their financial muscles this summer with the worth record signing of Paul Pogba.
However, it appears that even one of the richest clubs in the world – one that is capable of spending £89 million on a single player, and paying his agent £20 million more – isn’t averse to counting the pennies.
EVERY PENNY COUNTS
That’s after a report from The Sun this morning revealed the fairly ridiculous rule the United hierarchy has enforced on Jose Mourinho’s squad after games.
Per the Sun’s ‘exclusive’, players have been banned from swapping shirts at the end of games this season in what is believed to be a cost-cutting measure.
“They are asked not to swap shirts so they don’t have to be replaced,” a source told the paper on Monday. “It seems daft given how much the club is worth.
“The owners have a reputation for keeping an eye on costs.”
Considering the Red Devils are currently valued at around £2 billion and pay the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba almost £500,000-per-week in wages combined, it seems almost ludicrous that they’d be concerned about having to replace a shirt that retails for around £70.
Even if the entire starting XI felt the need to hand over their jerseys to the opposition, the bill at the full time whistle would account for less than an hour’s work for Wayne Rooney on his current wage.
However, as crazy as it sounds, the likes of Rooney, Zlatan, Pogba and co. have been told to keep hold of their shirts, and are on a strict ration of two short sleeve and two long sleeve versions for the season.
It isn’t just switching with opposing teams that is being frowned upon either. According to the same report, United chiefs have also made it clear that the squad shouldn’t hand over their shirts to fans after games.
The new measure all seems a little unnecessary given the Old Trafford club’s considerable financial clout.
With a £750 million, decade-long kit deal in place with Adidas, you’d think the German manufacturer wouldn’t have too many issues with sending over a new set of shirts each and every week either, considering the money they must be making off the back of United’s impressive transfer business this summer.
It will be interesting to see how strictly the new shirt swapping ban is enforced come game day.
With United’s next Premier League fixture coming against cross-town rivals Manchester City, the chances of players swapping shirts at the end of the game might have been slim regardless.