Burton Albion taking on Manchester United in the Carabao Cup might be the David vs Goliath match up of the year so far.
Despite being separated by just 38 places and one division in the English football ladder, the gulf in budgets and elite talent between the two clubs could hardly be bigger.
According to valuations from transfer experts, Transfermarkt.co.uk, the current worth of the Burton Albion' squad (excluding loan players) is just £7.025M.
That's in stark contrast to United's heavyweight 25 man roster, which is costed up at just over half a billion pounds. The precise figure of £509M means their dressing room is over 74x more valuable than the Championship outfit's.
This disparity becomes obvious when you dissect the makeup of the two squads. 56% (14/25) of the Brewers' playing staff came to the club on a free transfer whilst only 4 players were signed for cash, all of undisclosed values. Making up the rest of the team are 2 academy products, 4 loan signings and former Team GB star Marvin Sordell, who ended up at the club following a rare cashless player swap deal from Coventry City.
Man United, on the other hand, boast 24 senior internationals and 10 players amongst their ranks who were bought for fees of over £30M. The Red Devils have just two free transfers on their books, Argentine keeper Sergio Romero and, ironically enough, the second most accumulatively expensive player in history, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
And what about if you tally up the Champions League winners medals in each squad? Whilst United still come out on top, it's much closer than you'd think. There are currently only two knocking around Old Trafford, one each belonging to Michael Carrick and Juan Mata, whilst Burton boast a winner of their own in Stephen Warnock. Whilst it feels like eons ago, the veteran full back actually made 6 appearances for Liverpool in 2004/5, en route to their iconic win in Istanbul.
Whilst Mourinho is likely to ring the changes at Old Trafford tonight, possibly handing youth prospects such as Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay run outs, almost any side he throws out should have enough to beat a Burton side who are languishing just above the relegation places after a sticky start to the season.
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