United take comfort from earnings

Manchester United received more than 89million for a seventh-place Premier League finish

Manchester United received more than 89million for a seventh-place Premier League finish

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Manchester United received small consolation for surrendering their Barclays Premier League title to Manchester City by earning almost £30million more than when they lifted the trophy the previous season.

United received £60.8million in winning the 2012-13 title and £89.1m in finishing seventh a year later as City triumphed for a second time in three years.

Thanks to the £5.5billion broadcast deal, Cardiff earned more from finishing bottom of the standings this season than United earned as champions the previous campaign, the Premier League announced on Wednesday.

The Bluebirds received £62.08million in finishing 20th in their one-season stay in the top flight, over £22million more than QPR did in finishing last in the 2012-13 season.

City earned £96.5million as champions - almost £36million more than United's last term - but second-placed Liverpool were the top earners with £97.5million as a consequence of more of their games being screened live by broadcasters.

Manuel Pellegrini's men appeared in 25 games broadcast in the UK by either Sky Sports or BT Sport, compared to Liverpool's 28.

Third-placed Chelsea, United and Arsenal also appeared in 25 live televised games and Cardiff were one of eight teams to appear in 10 live matches.

The season was arguably the most exciting in recent memory, with the lead changing hands 25 times and 1,052 goals scored alongside a record stadium occupancy of 95.9 per cent.

The total dividends paid out to the 20 competing clubs was £1.56billion, compared to £972million the previous year. The ratio between the top and bottom earning club was 1.57:1.

The Premier League Founder Members' Agreement dictates 50 per cent of UK broadcast revenue is split equally, 25 per cent is paid in merit payments depending on the finishing position in the final table - £1.2million was paid for every place - and 25 per cent is paid in facility fees each time a club's matches are broadcast, while all international broadcast revenue, and central commercial revenue, is split equally amongst the 20 clubs.

City received £24.72million for finishing first and facility fees of £19.68million; their predecessors as champions United earned £17.30million for finishing seventh and facility fees of £19.68million in a total of £89.1million.

The equal share was £21.6million (a rise of 63 per cent on the 2012-13 value of £13.8million), overseas TV revenue was £26.29million and central commercial income of £4.27million to equal £31million (up 61 per cent on the previous year).

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