Man Utd the same. Despite the fact that they had a group of academy stars, they still spent VERY big on the likes of Ferdinand, Rooney, Veron and others (they sort of repeated the Liverpool trick of buying up everyone else's best)
yeah, I think people underestimate the financial clout United had even in the early 90s.
Take the 1993-94 side - they went out and made Keane the then English transfer record. With the good youth structure, they never had to worry as much as most, but when it came to it, they could, for example, buy Keane, or make Pallister the most expensive defender in the country.