Manchester United have gained infamy over the past decade for their lavish overspending and ability to burn through cash with little to show for it.

At present, the Red Devils have one of the most expensively assembled squads in the world while their current players pull in some of the sport’s biggest salaries.

Despite their huge financial outlay, United have achieved little success on the pitch all the while their players continue to earn premium wages for substandard performances.

But which of Man Utd’s stars rank among the club’s highest earners? Read our rundown of their most handsomely-paid players below to find out.

(All weekly salaries are estimates based on info from multiple sources)

10. Harry Maguire – £190,000

Manchester United paid an enormous £80m to sign centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City in the summer of 2019 to set a world record for a fee paid for a defender that still stands today. After a solid start to his United career, Maguire was awarded the captaincy, though his stock has fallen dramatically over the past year and the 29-year-old has been warming the substitutes bench since Dutch coach Erik ten Hag’s arrival before the start of the 2022/23 campaign.

=8. Antony – £200,000

Brazilian winger became Manchester United’s statement signing in the summer when the Red Devils agreed a fee of around £85m to bring the 22-year-old to the Premier League from Ajax in the Netherlands. Antony managed to score on his Premier League debut against Arsenal and in each of his two appearances after that, which suggests that the ex-Sao Paolo starlet might be one of the few United players to earn his meaty pay packet this term. In Qatar later this year, Antony is expected to play an integral role for a Brazil that has been heavily backed to push for glory in many expert’s World Cup predictions.

=8. Marcus Rashford – £200,000

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rewarded Marcus Rashford with a bumper long-term deal in July 2019 and though the club’s academy graduate initially repaid his manager’s faith, a combination of poor form and injuries curtailed his progress. Rashford seems to rediscovered his spark this season under Erik ten Hag and though his current deal is due to expire in the summer of 2023, United have the option to trigger an extra year.

7. Bruno Fernandes – £240,000

In April this year, Bruno Fernandes penned improved terms just 15 months after he had joined the club from Portuguese outfit Sporting CP. The midfielder made an incredible impact in England when he first arrived, though he inked his new deal while in the midst of some patchy displays. Fernandes has yet to recapture his prolific early form at Old Trafford, though United will hope that his consistency returns soon.

6. Anthony Martial – £250,000

Injury-stricken French forward Anthony Martial signed a long-term improved contract with United under previous boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January 2019, though the 26-year-old’s career with the club looked under threat shortly afterwards following a downturn in form and a loan move to Sevilla in Spain. Martial seems to have earned Erik ten Hag’s trust this season, though the pacey attacker is still struggling to stay fit.

5. Casemiro – £300,000

Manchester United parted with nearly £70m to bring multiple Champions League-winning midfield Casemiro to Old Trafford from Spanish champions Real Madrid in the summer and the experienced campaigner was instantly installed as one of the biggest earners at the club. Casemiro is one of several players to earn over £300,000 per week at United.

4. Raphael Varane – £340,000

Raphael Varane arrived at United in the summer of 2021 from Real Madrid, armed with a bag full of medals and a rock-solid reputation, though a spate of injuries has disrupted his time in England so far. The French international looks back to his best this season under Erik ten Hag however, alongside defensive partner Lisandro Martinez and for the moment at least, Varane looks as though he is worth every penny of his £340,000 per week salary.

3. Jadon Sancho – £350,000

Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho lasted more than a year before they finally wrangled the wide attacker from Borussia Dortmund’s grasp in 2021, however, the 22-year-old hasn’t quite lived up to expectations in the Premier League. United are paying Sancho world-class wages and they will need a return on their investment sooner rather than later.

2. David de Gea – £375,000

Spanish stopper David de Gea has been at United for the last 11 years and in 2019 the club made their number one the world’s best-paid goalkeeper. That decision looked ill-conceived when De Gea dropped a series of clangers in big games however, and there are doubts over whether United will extend his deal when it expires in the summer of 2023, especially at the rate at which the 31-year-old currently earns.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – £515,385

Manchester United beat off interest from rivals City late in the summer transfer window in 2021 to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the Theatre of Dreams, 11 years after the legendary Portuguese striker had left the club for the first time. However, despite his eye-watering wages, 37-year-old Ronaldo’s powers have started to wane dramatically and he has cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines this season as a new United team takes shape under Erik ten Hag.




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