Just 14 per cent of that figure, £175m, was spent on transfers between two Premier League clubs - an unforeseen effect of the league's window closing before the rest of Europe, according to Deloitte's Tim Bridge.
Though United finished second behind their cross-city rivals in 17/18, they can at least claim the bragging rights to having the classiest dressing room in Manchester.
"Last season they were runners-up in the league and FA Cup runners-up and okay, that's not good enough for Manchester United but I don't think it's as bad as people have painted it".
"Liverpool have made some really good signings".
And although Kilbane is expecting to see Pep Guardiola's men retain their crown, he is tipping Liverpool FC to run them close to the title.
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has attacked his critics at today's first media conference for the new season. They also bought in left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City, plus three players on loan - goalkeeper Sergio Rico from Sevilla, Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto and United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
One game into the season and we've already had two collectors' items - a Luke Shaw goal and a happy Jose.
City will make late checks on Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy after they picked up knocks during the Community Shield win over Chelsea last weekend but both players are expected to be passed fit.
"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next".
United kick off their Premier League campaign against Leicester tomorrow night (8pm).