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2020 has been an extraordinary year, which changed the lives of people all over the world. Football has also suffered a lot because of coronavirus pandemic. Premier League, Champions League and other top European continental and domestic leagues were held; the games have gone on in the empty stadium.
The coronavirus has cleared the English football calendar indefinitely, leaving clubs in difficult financial conditions. Several clubs have chosen to furlough some staff. Some first-team players and head coaches agreed to pay cut.
Manchester United suffered a £70m drop in expected revenue in the period to 30 June 2020 as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the club’s 2019-20 financial statement. United’s overall revenue was down 18.8% from £627.1m to £509m, but part of this was due to the club not qualifying for last season’s Champions League.
However, despite the difficult conditions, players continue to receive a huge amount of salaries. Here are the top 10 highest paid Manchester United players right now.
Dean Henderson- £5,200,000
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson opens the top 10 of the highest-paid players at Old Trafford. The player returned to Manchester United after his loan spell at Sheffield United before the new season. However, the 23-year-old is still a back-up option for David de Gea.
Luke Shaw, Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek- £6,240,000
In the 9th place of the rankings are 5 players, Shaw, Fred, Lindelof, Matic and new signing Donny van de Beek. The 23-year-old joined the club in the summer transfer window from Ajax. However, his appearances were reduced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has made just 10 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils and only in one game, he played the full match.
Bruno Fernandes- £8,022,857
The year could have been worse for Manchester United but Bruno Fernandes helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have a better year. Bruno joined the club during the January transfer window and has since been a pivotal player for the Red Devils. He is now regarded as one of the best players at the club and even managed to wear captain’s armband. The Portuguese, definitely, deserves the amount of money he is receiving.
Juan Mata- £8,320,000
Mata receives more than Bruno Fernandes. The 32-year-old has made only 9 appearances for the club as of today(December 22). The Spanish midfielder has scored 2 goals and has created three assists during those games.
Harry Maguire- £8,464,286
Maguire experienced a difficult year but his salary brought some joy to him. Maguire was even given a suspended sentence of 21 months and 10 days in prison after his trial on the Greek island of Syros during the summer vacation. He was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult after arrest on Mykonos. Fortunately for him, the player managed to get back to his footballer career. Maguire has already made 19 appearances for the club as of today (December 22).
Marcus Rashford- £10,400,000
Rashford has enjoyed a good year at Old Trafford, despite injuries. The England international is in the top 5 of highest-paid United players. But during the year, he proved, money means nothing to him. Rashford publicly campaigns on the issues of homelessness and child hunger in the United Kingdom and has been praised for using his platform to be a political activist and drive societal change. For his efforts, he was recognised as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2020.
Edinson Cavani- £10,920,000
Cavani joined Manchester United in the summer transfer window for free after his deal with Paris Saint-Germain ended. However, the club still spends a huge amount of money on the Uruguay international. The 33-year-old is yet to find his best form at the club, but he has already made 11 appearances for the club and has scored three goals and created an assist as of today (December 22).
Anthony Martial- £13,000,000
Martial is the third highest-paid player at the club. There is no wonder that he is, as speculations suggest that he is a favourite of the club owners. The French player has already made 14 appearances for the club, has scored three goals and has created five assists, as of today (December 22).
Paul Pogba- £15,080,000
This year could be the last one for Pogba, as the player has publicly announced his desire to leave the club. Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has even admitted the player could leave the club during the January transfer window. But for now, he is the second-highest-paid player at Old Trafford.
David De Gea- £19,500,000
Despite the difficulties and the arrivals of new stars, goalkeeper David de Gea continues to be the highest-paid Manchester United player. The Spanish international has made 16 appearances for the club, as of today and has kept four clean sheets (December 22).