Reds are top of prize money ta­ble

Manchester Evening News - - CITY - By JAMES ROB­SON james.rob­ @james­rob­sonMEN

UNITED re­ceived more prize money than any other Premier League club last sea­son – de­spite trail­ing cham­pi­ons City by 19 points.

Jose Mour­inho’s side may have been left in the slip­stream of Pep Guardiola’s record-break­ing ti­tlewin­ners – but their en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity saw them top the money league due to tele­vi­sion rights. United were in­volved in 28 games broad­cast live in the UK – equal to Liver­pool and Arse­nal.

City were screened 26 times – as were reign­ing cham­pi­ons Chelsea.

And de­spite earn­ing the big­gest Merit Pay­ment for their ti­tle suc­cess – £38.625m – the cham­pi­ons ended up more than £300,000 be­low in to­tal.

United were paid £149.776m by the Premier League, com­pared to £149.438m for City.

United earned £32.65m in Fa­cil­ity Fees – oth­er­wise known as do­mes­tic broad­cast pay­ments.

City earned £30.39m in com­par­i­son.

United’s Merit Pay­ment for fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the league was £36.694m.

It’s no­table that English foot­ball’s tra­di­tional ‘big three’ clubs – United, Liver­pool and Arse­nal – still dom­i­nate in terms of live broad­casts ahead of the last two cham­pi­ons City and Chelsea.

Tot­ten­ham were screened 25 times do­mes­ti­cally.

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