Last updated : 24 January 2006 By Ed

"We do not believe it is helpful that Manchester United remains the only FA Premier League club to publish such figures.

"We will keep this issue under review, but the failure of others to publish comparable statistics will once again leave United to be criticised over this matter on behalf of the whole game."

"I am sure there will be certain clubs who are opposed to the release of these figures and won’t do it.

"I do not know whether we pay the same, more or less than other clubs but I do know we have nothing to hide about the sums involved.

"There is so much talk about agents. A lot of myths and scare stories have grown around them. If people showed what they were paid, some of the fears supporters have could be allayed."