Barca's wage bill is double ours at 560m Euros (KPMG). United's is under 250m. Sure, they are getting better 'value'. But the point is, you cannot expect to compete against that mammoth difference long term. United will NEVER consistently compete under the current ownership structure of the Glazers and the NYSE. A for-profit business model cannot compete against City, PSG, Barca and Real who can reinvest every penny they make (and more).