Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cost of assembling weakened Red Devils team still dwarfs almost full-strength Gunners side by £60m

AS a fixture, Manchester United taking on Arsenal may have lost some of its gloss over the years with the dwindling fortunes of both clubs.

But there are still plenty of superstars on show, that the Red Devils and the Gunners have paid fortunes for.

Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cost of assembling weakened Red Devils team still dwarfs almost full-strength Gunners side by £60m7 Man Utd's weakened team still cost £300.2m
Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cost of assembling weakened Red Devils team still dwarfs almost full-strength Gunners side by £60m7 While Arsenal's almost full-strength line-up is way off United's total

And despite missing several first team regulars including major signings over the years like Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, United still have side that cost more to assemble than tonight's opposition.

SunSport takes a look at the predicted line-ups, and how much each player cost – starting with the home team.

MAN UNITED

In goal United put their trust in shotstopper David De Gea.

Having recently signed a new contract to commit his future to the club, the Spanish international will be hoping to put a season of uncertainty behind him to rediscover his best form.

Over the years, the 20-time Premier League-winners have spent a fortune investing in defence… with mixed fortunes.

In the summer they added Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire to their squad for a combined fee of £130m.

Victor Lindelof was bought from Benfica by Jose Mourinho for the mammoth sum of £30.8m, and has blown hot and cold since coming from Portugal.

While Ashley Young arrived from Aston Villa for £16.2m as a winger, only to be converted to full-back as he's reached his twilight years.

In midfield, United used to dominate sides with likes of Keane, Scholes, Giggs and Beckham.

Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cost of assembling weakened Red Devils team still dwarfs almost full-strength Gunners side by £60m7 Paul Pogba cost Manchester United a once world-record fee of £89.3mCredit: AFP or licensors
Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cost of assembling weakened Red Devils team still dwarfs almost full-strength Gunners side by £60m7 The Red Devils goalscoring threat will be coming from youth product Mason GreenwoodCredit: Getty – Contributor

Today, it's a different story. In tonight's game they'll be reliant upon the likes of youth products Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira to stifle Arsenal's creativity and create chances of their own.

Should Pogba be fit, the once £89.3m world record transfer playmaker will aim to pull the strings.

In the attacking third, £15m Daniel James has been a revelation in the Premier League – finding the net three times since arriving at Old Trafford.

He will be joined by Jesse Lingard, who cost United nothing by rising through the academy and Mason Greenwood, another youth starlet.

In total, United's team STILL cost £300.2m to put together.

ARSENAL

After scouring the globe for a replacement for an ageing Petr Cech, Bernd Leno was brought in from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £19.3m.

Like United, the Gunners have struggled in defence and needed to invest over the summer.

Manager Unai Emery paid £8m for David Luiz and a whopping £25m for former Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney.

The season before that Sokratis Papastathopoulos was brought in from Borussia Dortmund on the advice of former transfer guru Sven Mislantat for a fee of £17.7m.

Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cost of assembling weakened Red Devils team still dwarfs almost full-strength Gunners side by £60m7 Arsenal paid Lille £72m for forward Nicolas PepeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cost of assembling weakened Red Devils team still dwarfs almost full-strength Gunners side by £60m7 Academy product Joe Willock could be set to start at Old TraffordCredit: Getty – Contributor

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, a youth product, will complete Arsenal's defence.

Some Arsenal fans despair that they paid £35m for new captain Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach, and since arriving at the Emirates in 2016 he continues to divide opinion.

However, Matteo Guendouzi is seen as a bargain at £7m, and has been one of the shining lights of Emery's reign thus far.

Loan-signing Dani Ceballos, who came from Real Madrid, and youth product Joe Willock should also feature.

But it's Arsenal's expensively-assembled firepower that amounts to nearly more than the rest of the squad.

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Golden boot-winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 48 goals in 72 games since arriving from Dortmund for £56m.

While £72m record-signing Nicolas Pepe will be looking to add to his first goal for the club against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

In total Arsenal's side was assembled for £240m – some £60m shy of United's weakened side.

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