Manchester United may be struggling to reach their former glories on the pitch but commercially they are still top of the pile.
According to a report in the Manchester Evening News, German company PR Marketing declared that the fallen English champions outsold the rest of the competition over a five-season spell from 2011 to 2016.
On average, they sold 1.75 million shirts worldwide during each of those years with second-placed Real Madrid 100,000 shirts behind.
Dr Peter Rohlmann said:
“Generally, the sales of replica shirts have increased at a constant growth rate.
“Football jerseys are more popular than ever and their attractive designs increasingly mean fans want to wear them away from match days.”
Manchester United Rule The Roost
The top five clubs were completed by Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea according to the report.
On Monday night, Manchester United travel to Liverpool for a titanic clash but if it was decided on shirt sales, it would all be over by half-time. Liverpool trail in their wake with just 852,000 shirt sales in the same period.
But if you think that’s poor by comparison, the noisy neighbours, Manchester City, barely register on United’s radar with 342,000 sales per year. It left this season’s Premier League title favourites in 13th place.