MANCHESTER UNITED are still sitting pretty as the richest club in the world, now worth an astonishing €2 billion according to Forbes magazine.
Despite the fact that this season's Champions League is progressing without any input from Alex Ferguson and that Manchester City are snapping at their heels in the Premier League, Old Trafford remains the biggest honey pot in world football.
Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea all bow to the money-generating empire Ferguson has built.
Didier Drogba may have given Chelsea an unlikely lifeline against Barca at Stamford Bridge last night but his boss Roman Abramovich finds his club trailing in seventh place.
Manchester City have a wage bill of well over €100 million but there are still three spots outside the top ten.
However, goalkeeper Joe Hart believes that the blue side of Manchester can still trump Ferguson.
"We've still got to believe, we've still got to fight for every single point available. There is no way any of us would give up until it is mathematically impossible," said Hart.
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