Wages at Man Utd to be capped at £200,000 per week, it has been dubbed the ‘Ronaldo Rule’

Manchester United will try to avoid a culture of jealousy in the dressing room by enforcing a squad wage cap, according to reports, and it has been dubbed the “Ronaldo rule”.

In the not-so-distant past, United have been willing to break their wage structure to lure the so-called “big brand” players to Old Trafford.

Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, was said to have earned a reported £515,385 a week during his last spell at the club. But it seems that the distribution of such salaries is now out of the question.

That’s because wages will be capped at £200,000 a week under the regime of chief executive Richard Arnold, director of football John Murtough and manager Erik ten Hag.

The Daily Mail claims goalkeeper David De Gea will be the first player to be affected by the rule.

The Spaniard, who was previously on £375,000-a-week, has been handed a far lower ‘take it or leave it’ offer in line with the pay cut. But it seems he wants to grab it with both hands.

Asked if he would end his career at Old Trafford, De Gea told The Guardian: “I hope so. I said this is my club, I’ve been here for many, many years and it’s a great honor to be here and I’m so happy here.

“Yes, I am very relaxed [about the contract], just focused on training, performing as well as I can. But it will surely end in a good way.”

Luke Shaw, another player who has impressed under Ten Hag this season, will be offered similar terms to De Gea.

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Image credit: Alamy

So who else will be affected? We know that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to United in 2021 helped the club set a new record for the highest annual wage bill in Premier League history.

The highest earners at Old Trafford included Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, Casemiro and Anthony Martial, all earning more than £200,000 a week in wages, according to figures released by Spotrac.

But the report from The Daily Mail claims that senior players such as Varane, Harry Maguire, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes are now in the same wage bracket of £180,000 to £200,000 a week.

It has also been noted that sanctions will be imposed if they fail to secure Champions League qualification.

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Image credit: Alamy

Some have raised eyebrows over the reported salary cap, including former Manchester United defender Gary Neville.

He said on Twitter: “Not sure why some radical new policy is being introduced if new owners are imminent,” before responding to a fan who said he wasn’t sure a £200,000-a-week cap was a radical one policy.

Neville added: “Salary cap is a radical policy. Rule out Rice, Bellingham and others in that bracket. Any new owners will probably be in the running for those guys and probably Mbappe too. Enjoy your Sunday anyway.”

The salary cap could potentially limit their activity in the transfer market. If you look at the highest paid players in world football at the moment, they are all well over the £200,000-a-week mark.

Kevin De Bruyne, for example, earns £400,000 a week at reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, while Neymar [£606k]Lionel Messi [£960k] and Kylian Mbappe [£1.6m] rake in far more.

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