But the thing you aren't seeing, which was my point in the first place, was that while Sir Alex spends big, he spends wisely, my point being that all of those players he's bought play regularly, and play well. Whereas at Chelsea, these players (with the exception of Drogba and Lampard) are all dispensible. You only have to look at the fact that they've sold a bunch of players (Duff, Parker) for a damn sight less than they paid in the first place. You can also look at the bench, where Shevchenko only gets the last 10 or so minutes, or Wright Phillips doesn't even make the squad again.
Frankly, they've made a mockery of the transfer system, and it's ruined it.