Madrid is the ultimate Daddy's girl club imo. Their fans are like Veruca Salt from Charlie in the Chocolate factory, the second they don't get their way all the fans throw fits and the owners throw money around on big names. Which to be fair is kind of what united has been doing just without the luck as of late.
I'm not from England but I love the sport and I picked my team when they were in shambles and have continued to support them through paul konchesky, Joe Cole, Jay spearing jonjo shelv and Roy Hodgson and the only reason I even bring that up is to solidify that I'm not a glory Hunter because I had to wait over a decade to even taste real glory and I'm going to gag for saying this but I have complete respect for United as a club. They lost their identity when Fergie left but that old fuck was winning things left and right with what he had.
Players like Chicharito, berbatov, scholes, Neville, weren't world beaters but they turned into them and got results consistently and even with your Rooney's and Ronaldo's they werent finished products when they started at that club.
I'm not going to act like seeing them on a downward spiral doesn't amuse me to the fullest because for years i had to take shit from roux, Scott and even my United supporting friends here in the states and I hope that they suffer for years to come but the fact is United is a huge club and I don't see that happening for much longer.
Long story short. In terms of how they came about their success I think United is a way bigger club Madrid in that aspect and if you throw enough money at something the way Madrid has you're going to eventually see a return on your investment which is why they are technically richer.
Fuck both of those clubs though tbh, I'm going to go wash my mouth with bleach now.