Finance experts: No weakness in Man Utd machine

United's extravagant spending this summer has rocked European football, but Old Trafford insiders insist the money has all come from increased profits.

The Telegraph says an insider revealed United were anticipating operating profits to almost double from their 2005-06 levels of £46.3m in 2006-07.

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It is understood that the rise is not only down to increased prize money and TV revenue from United's successful Premiership campaign and run to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Last season United took about £3m in match-day revenue from home games at the 76,000-capacity Old Trafford - a staggering £87m for the 29 matches played there.

The new benefits from the £14m-per-year sponsorship deal with American insurance giant AIG also boosted the club's coffers. And with the Premier League's £2.7 billion media deal set to kick in from this season, incomes and operating profits are set only to increase further.

Football finance expert Dan Jones, a partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, explained: "It's very difficult to spot a weak link at the moment. It's not just a great club with a great brand. They have a fantastic merchandising operation, the biggest stadium in the country, they play in the richest and most successful league, they have a young, exciting team and they are winning titles again."