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Di Maria is top of the shirt charts

Di Maria is top of the shirt charts

He may not be enjoying an especially impressive first season at Manchester United, but Angel Di Maria is top of the charts when it comes to shirt sales.

Sports Direct have released their latest sales data on Premier League shirt sales for this soccer season and Di Maria's red No.7 shirt has proved to be the most popular.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez has stormed into second spot in the ratings after his sparkling first season in English football, with Chelsea's Diego Costa in third place.

Di Maria's popularity among United fans – at least when he first arrived in a £59.7m deal from Real Madrid – is backed up by figures that prove the Argentine's jersey accounts for almost 10% of the Sports Direct shirt sales for the last year.  

The figures confirm that even if Di Maria's first season at United is being hailed as a flop, he has been good commercial business for United in merchandise sales at least.

Meanwhile, fresh reports have emerged suggesting Di Maria will be leaving United next summer, with Paris Saint-Germain believed to be keen to sign him.

For the thousands of United fans who have bought a red No.7 shirt with Di Maria's name on the back, that news will not be welcome!

Southampton announce impressive profit figures

Ireland's Shane Long part of the Saints success story

Ireland’s Shane Long part of the Saints success story

Southampton have announced after tax profits of £33.4m for the year ending June 30, 2014, their first full-year profit since the club went into administration in 2009.

St Mary's Football Group Limited audited annual results showed a £33.4m profit on ordinary activities compared to a £7.1m loss in 2013.

Total revenue increased to £106m from £71.8m in 2013 while group wages, including players, increased from £41.4m in 2013 to £55.2m in 2014.

Southampton chief executive officer Gareth Rogers said: "There are lots of positives to take from these financial results. Recording the first profit and positive net asset position for the first time since administration in 2009 is very pleasing. It shows the health of the club and the Group is strong and the foundations are there to be built on."

Southampton's debt now stands at approximately £50m, of which circa £19m is owed to Vibrac, £15m shareholder's loan and a further £15m secured on the shareholder's estate.

A big factor in the increase in revenue was due to the increase of television money, with payments increasing from £46.9m in 2012/13 to £79.4m in 2013/14, while commercial income has increased from £6.7m in 2012/13 to £8.3m in 2013/14.

Rogers added: "Our focus remains on developing significant commercial growth which will support our vision to create a sustainable business model.

"We have a strong business plan in place and we're already seeing the green shoots of that plan. We believe it is possible to be a well-managed, well-structured football club that is successful both on and off the pitch."

Such is the financial health of Southampton that some supporters are reporting on Twitter that their season ticket prices are going down for next season.

hang on a min! my season ticket has been reduced by £29 \o/ #saintsfc

— Glenn Jones (@MrGlennJones) March 31, 2015

Gareth Bale could be Manchester United’s next Eric Cantona

The ESPN FC panel debate whether or not Manchester United should keep Marouane Fellaini next season, provided that they finish in the Premier League top four.

Gareth Bale has all the speed and tricks to get Old Trafford fans off their seats next season.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is exactly what Manchester United need for next season. The Welshman has everything to get the Old Trafford faithful off their seats, like my old teammate Eric Cantona. And Bale could be even better because he is much quicker than the Frenchman.
After two years of underachievement in the Premier League, United badly need Bale to challenge for the title again and breathe life into their supporters. Without Bale, they will again finish behind the impressive Chelsea in 2015-2016.