Manchester United is said to have implemented a weekly wage restriction of £200,000 to prevent players from earning significantly more than their teammates. Cristiano Ronaldo, who was earning £500,000 a week, ended his contract with the club after stirring controversy both behind the scenes and in the public light.
United had a broken group last season, and their results reflected that. On a weekly basis, reports of shifting ground quarrels and discontent emerged, with the finger directed at numerous individuals.
Ten Hag has worked hard to develop a unified team that respects one another and the club’s management since his debut in the Old Trafford dugout. The Dutchman, together with chief executive Richard Arnold, has chosen to take the next step in avoiding a “culture of dressing-room jealousy” by instituting a wage restriction, according to the Daily Mail.
The new regulation will have an immediate impact on several players, with goalkeeper David de Gea being the first. The Spain international is presently negotiating a contract extension at the Theatre of Dreams, as his current term is set to expire at the end of the season – with United holding a one-year option.
Bruno Fernandes, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, and Casemiro are all said to make around £180,000 to £200,000 per week, albeit there are sanctions in their contracts if the club fails to finish in the top four this season.
The deal will also have a significant impact on Marcus Rashford, with European clubs all keeping tabs on the England international. United recently invoked a one-year extension clause in his contract, which means his current contract will end in 2024. There are no certainties that he will sign a new contract, and Paris Saint-Germain is anxious to sign him.
The Ligue 1 club has long admired Rashford and regards him as one of the finest in the world, and his contract would reflect this if he chose to transfer to France. PSG’s Qatari owners would not hesitate to pay the forward twice as much as he does at United if it meant he signed a contract at the Parc des Princes.
Despite his brilliant success this season, United is mindful of the risk of not awarding Rashford a lucrative contract, but the club’s higher-ups do not want to make special cases’ for fear of creating another fractured dressing room.