The surmised stance at Old Trafford is that Manchester United will refrain from bolstering their squad with any major signings during this particular transfer window.
Despite the Glazer Family burdening the club with debts of £500m, the Red Devils Chief Executive David Gill insists funds are available for new players, while the Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, believes there is no value in the current transfer market.
Instead, United will focus on budding young talent like Mame Biram Diouf (22), Chris Smalling (20), Javier Hernandez (21), Tom Cleverley (21), Federico Macheda (18), Danny Welbeck (19), Gabriel Obertan (21) and Brazilian Twins Rafael and Fabio (20). A gamble considering they start the campaign with injuries to several senior players.
In sharp contrast, Manchester City has unlimited funds after the Abu Dhabi Group take-over in September 2008.
In pursuit of bringing their first silverware to Eastlands since their 1976 League Cup victory, the consortium has invested over £250m on players. This summer alone they have splashed out £63m with the acquisitions of David Silva (£28m), Yaya Toure (£24m) and Jerome Boatang (£11m).
Inevitably there will be more big money signings on the way with Aston Villa’s versatile midfielder James Milner, Inter’s bad boy striker Mario Balotelli and Serbian and Lazio full back Aleksandar Kolarov.
City has surpassed United in the transfer market, but on the pitch, United have won one league title, two league cups and five of the six derby encounters since City acquired their new found fortune. United comes out on top where it matters, but can this be sustained for much longer?
As City continues with there frivolous spending policy and United seemingly forced to put their faith in youth, will next season see Manchester City finish above Manchester United in the league for the first time in 20 years?