Ranking every Man Utd player by how much they earn in 2022-23

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during their Premier League victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford, Manchester, October 2022. Credit: Alamy
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during their Premier League victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford, Manchester, October 2022. Credit: Alamy

Manchester United haven’t always spent wisely in recent years, but it can’t be denied that they’ve splashed the cash. They boast some of the most handsomely-paid players in the world.

Some argue that the Glazer family should be putting more money into the club, but the primary issue appears to be how they’ve used funds. Erik ten Hag’s squad reportedly features the Premier League’s top earner, and five of the league’s top 10 in terms of salaries.

The Red Devils also aren’t far behind Manchester City in terms of transfer net spend since their rivals’ Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008, while they’ve dramatically outspent Liverpool, who have enjoyed considerably more success on the pitch in recent years.

It’s not just in transfers where United have racked up big numbers. Their wage bill is said to be the highest in the Premier League and fifth-highest in Europe.

“We will continue to support Erik in ensuring he has players with the right quality and characters to achieve success, while ensuring that investment remains consistent with our commitment to financial sustainability,” United’s football director John Murtough said last month (via The Guardian).

“Overall, we are ahead of schedule in our recruitment plans as envisaged at the start of the summer, and we do not anticipate the same level of activity in future windows. As always, our planning focuses on the summer window.”

It’s said that United’s annual wage bill for the playing staff is £222,984,000, which works out at £4,288,154 per week. But where exactly is all that money going? We’ve taken a closer look at the top earners in Ten Hag’s squad, and which individuals are on comparatively low salaries.

Note: all figures come via football finance website Capology, who themselves state that: “All salary figures are estimates as actual salaries may vary. Unverified players are calculated using algorithms, or sourced from reporting that has not been confirmed yet. Coverage may be limited or incomplete.”

Football clubs don’t publically disclose the full wages of their individual players, so these are the best-surmised figures.

It’s worth taking such numbers with a pinch of salt, in particular those of Anthony Elanga, who signed a long-term contract running until 2026 last December – the Capology figures for the Swedish forward (as well as Spotrac) look unrealistically low, to say the least.

Take a look at how every Manchester United first-teamer compare in terms of their (gross) weekly wages:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo – £515,385
2. David de Gea – £375,000
3. Jadon Sancho – £350,000
4. Raphael Varane – £340,000
5. Casemiro – £300,000
6. Anthony Martial – £250,000
7. Bruno Fernandes – £240,000
=8. Marcus Rashford – £200,000
=8. Antony – £200,000
10. Harry Maguire – £190,000
=11. Luke Shaw – £150,000
=11. Christian Eriksen – £150,000
=13. Victor Lindelof – £120,000
=13. Donny van de Beek – £120,000
=13. Fred – £120,000
=13. Lisandro Martinez – £120,000
17. Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £90,000
=18. Tyrell Malacia – £75,000
=18. Phil Jones – £75,000
20. Brandon Williams – £65,000
21. Scott McTominay – £60,000
22. Axel Tuanzebe – £50,000
23. Tom Heaton – £41,923
24. Martin Dubravka – £38,077
25. Diogo Dalot – £25,000
26. Facundo Pellistri – £19,231
27. Anthony Elanga – £5,077
28. Teden Mengi – £3,462

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