The trophies may have dried up over recent years, but the lustre of Manchester United never fades.
Traders on Football Index will certainly testify to that, with a chunk of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men usually making waves in one way or another.
And we’ve ranked every member of their squad by their value on the betting platform, providing some insight along the way on which players you might want to consider buying shares in.
For those of you who haven’t traded on Football Index before, it’s a real-money betting platform where you can buy and sell footballers and bet on their future success. You can win money in a variety of ways.
Capital appreciation: This involves the players that you own going up in price
Media Dividends: These reward players you own that are in the news the most
Match Day Dividends: These reward players you own that turn in the best on-field performances.
You can also win ‘In-Play Dividends’ which reward you in the first 30 days of owning a player if they perform well on the pitch.
More detailed information on dividends can be found here.
All the above affects how many traders want to buy a particular player and so how that player is valued on Football Index.
And here’s how Manchester United’s players rank according to their current share prices on the platform, ranging from £8.01 to just £0.12.
It’s perhaps no surprise that Bruno Fernandes tops the chart.
In many ways, his evolution is one of the beauties of Football Index.
If you knew or had a hunch around this time last year that he was going to move to Manchester United, you could’ve picked up the Portuguese schemer for a paltry £2.70.
Aside from his subsequent price rise, he’s also delivered £2.48 in Media and Match Day dividends since November 20, 2019, an impressive 91.85% yield.
Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood make up the top three, but it’s lower down where our eyes are drawn…
Cavani is £1.02 right now, but let’s imagine he scores 15 goals between now and the end of the season – what price would he be then?
United certainly haven’t been shy of capturing veteran frontmen in recent years, and the sentiment on the street seems to be that Cavani will be more of an Ibrahimovic than a Falcao.
If that is the case, then not only should his price rise, but he will also have been in with a shout of walking off with both Media and Matchday dividends.
Note of caution: Odion Ighalo saw a similar bump when he joined the Reds last winter but has dropped in value since…
We think Telles could be the next Fernandes.
OK, that might be an exaggeration, but he has the raw materials: an excellent set-piece delivery, a marauding presence in attack and a good engine.
And he has the stats to back up his billing as the ‘assist king’ too, registering 13 goals and 12 assists for Porto in the 2019-20 campaign.
With Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka typically more defensively-minded, Telles could be just what United have been looking for down their famous flanks.
Before featuring for France in the Nations League in September, the last time Martial had pulled on his national team shirt was March 2018.
Finally, with coach Didier Deschamps admitting the forward has improved at United, he is back in favour.
Could that injection of confidence help his development at Old Trafford too?
Martial’s sending-off in the 6-1 home defeat to Spurs last month derailed his domestic momentum as he missed the next three league games.
But if he can recapture the form that saw him land an excellent haul of 23 goals and 12 assists under Solskjaer last term, then £1.59 could seem a steal.
A final mention for Paul Pogba.
Though he isn’t having the impact on games that Fernandes is, remember that there’s more than one way to win on Football Index.
And given how much he’s in the press, Pogba is synonymous with media dividends.
The Frenchman’s latest public comments came from the France camp during the recent international break, in which he intimated he was much happier when with Les Bleues.
That set off the Pogba departure rumours once more, and given the 27-year-old sits at a seemingly under-priced £3.09, it might be worth snapping up some of his shares as a ‘stake’ to make yourself eligible for the media dividends that look set to keep coming.
You might, of course, see other value discrepancies looking at the United list, and that will – hopefully – be to your advantage in the long run.
*Some Manchester United players are not yet listed on Football Index
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