Manchester United are set to spend an eye-watering £62.4million this season on paying the wages of players who should not in Erik ten Hag’s plans. The sight of Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench as an unused substitute within the 6-3 defeat to Manchester City raised concerns over the Portuguese’s exorbitant weekly salary, but he isn’t the one player on a sizeable wage who has been not noted.
Ten Hag left Ronaldo out of the starting XI on the Etihad Stadium and claimed the veteran striker was not brought on when his side went 4-0 and 6-1 down “out of respect” for the striker’s “big profession”.
It now appears that Ronaldo can be allowed to go away Old Trafford after seeing his second spell in Manchester turn sour. However the unavoidable fact for the Dutch coach is that he campaigned to maintain the 37-year-old on the club this summer before his recent snub and that call could cost the club a fortune.
Based on data from Spotrac, the club will spend around £212million on wages for the 2022-23 season. That puts the Red Devils some £60m clear ahead of the following highest team, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea just exceeding the £150m mark with their salaries for the 2022-23 campaign.
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But United fans could also be shocked to find that over 1 / 4 of their yearly wage budget can be dedicated to paying players who’re on the fringes of the primary team as Erik ten Hag gets to grips along with his squad. Ronaldo often is the club’s top earner by a long way on £515,385-a-week, yet the Portuguese forward has began just one Premier League game this season, with five substitute appearances under Ten Hag.
And it looks like United at the moment are counting the associated fee for blocking his attempts to go away this summer. Ronaldo is about to earn a staggering £26.2m this season providing he stays on the club beyond January, denying United the chance to speculate the cash elsewhere.
Harry Maguire’s struggles at each club and international level have been well documented and his absence from the starting XI has not come as a surprise for nearly all of the club’s supporters. However the 29-year-old remains to be set to earn a cool £180,000 every week while he watches on from the sidelines after his axe from Ten Hag’s favoured starting XI.
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Together with Maguire, Luke Shaw has been downgraded to a backup choice to summer signing Tyrell Malacia, although the 27-year-old takes home a cool £7.8m-a-year.
Victor Lindelof got here off the bench to exchange the injured Rahael Varane however the Swede is currently their fourth-choice centre-back under Ten Hag and is earning £120,000 every week. There’s also right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka – on a reported £90,000 package – is yet to make a single appearance this season for the club and appears more likely to head for the exit.
Other fringe players comparable to Donny van de Beek, Brandon Williams and Phil Jones have been mere bystanders this season as Ten Hag has failed to seek out a spot for the trio in his plans. And it could explain why Ten Hag has been keen to make a transparent demand to the Glazer family over handing players recent contracts.