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Man Utd's expected line-up tonight cost £235.5m, Cambridge's didn't cost a penny

Nine of the home side’s predicted team tonight were free transfers while two players came through their academy.

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LATER THIS EVENING, the Manchester United team that takes on Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium will be worth an estimated £235m.

In complete contrast, the hosts assembled their side for nothing.

Josh Coulson and Liam Hughes both came through the club’s academy while the other nine expected starters tonight were free transfers.

Should James Wilson be handed a start by Louis van Gaal, he’ll be the only member of the United side that didn’t cost anything.

The average price paid for each of the other ten players is 23.5m and that’s with Radamel Falcao and Juan Mata, in theory, being left on the bench.

Of course, there are other huge difference between the clubs. According to this BBC Cambridgeshire graphic, Manchester United pay their players 139 times what Cambridge pay theirs.

Also, where United pick up £1.5m in gate receipts per match, Cambridge receive just £20,000.

How many players do you remember from the last time Manchester United faced Cambridge?

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