Manchester United is going through troubled waters currently and even though Solskjaer needs to sort some things out on the pitch, it seems the club management also need to fix certain things off the pitch, starting with player spending.
Manchester United has been in a trance since Sir Alex Ferguson resigned as the manager of the club in 2013. The club has had four managers, Ole Gunnar included and one caretaker in Ryan Giggs.
During those times, the club has struggled through getting a coach who would understand the players like Sir Alex Ferguson did but hasn’t been able to find one.
From David Moyes who won one Community Shield in 2014 and was sacked months later to Louis Van Gaal who won one FA Cup also in 2014 before Jose Mourinho came in. Mourinho was close to getting the club together with one UEFA Europa League, one League Cup and one Community Shield but who was also sacked because his style was old.
Currently, Ole Gunnar manages the club amidst the struggle of getting the players to be at their best and returning the Red’s old glory but this might be impossible until the club management reviews its extravagant spending.
Manchester United wage bill
Manchester United have released their financial result for the fourth quarter of 2019 and records show the club racked up the highest wage bill in Premier League history at £332m.
Also, salary spending has continued to grow despite the unimpressive performance from the players, pushing the club’s spending on salary up by 43%.
United has continued to pay a number of eye-watering sums to their top players in recent years, despite their woes on the pitch. Let’s take a quick look at two out of those players.
Paul Pogba – £290,000 per week
Paul Pogba was signed to Manchester United for a world record fee of £93.2m from Juventus. Prior to that, the Frenchman had been a United player before leaving for Juventus because he was not getting enough play time under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The United’s coach at that time, José Mourinho had challenged the France midfielder “to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond” but the Frenchman’s performance so far hasn’t been up to what fans expect.
In his 100 Premier League appearances, he has scored 24 goals, averaging 0.24 goals per match. He has a total of 286 shots with 101 shots on target and a 35% shooting accuracy.
Also, he has a total of 25 assists, 6,420 passes, 64.20 passes per match and 19 big chances created according to his Premier League stat.
Anthony Martial – £250,000 per week
Anthony Martial was signed to United from Monaco in 2015 for £36m. Before his signing, the previous world record transfer fee for a teenager was £27m, which United paid for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and Paris St- Germain spent on Roma centre-back Marquinhos in 2013.
In his 116 Premier League appearances, he has scored 36 goals, averaging 0.31 goals per match. He has a total of 195 shots with 85 on target and a 44% shooting accuracy. This does not include his 18 assists, 3,036 passes and an average of 26.17 passes per match with 27 big chances created.
Although David De Gea is the highest paid in Manchester United at the moment but he was left out of the talks because he has been incredible so far. With a great defense, he could be a block on the goal post.
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial on the other hand haven’t been extraordinary even with their huge weekly wages. Their performance so far has been okay but nothing out of the ordinary.
With the kind of money United spends on players salaries, the club should be winning more games and cups but one would easily mistake the current Manchester United for a League two club and that is disappointing.
The club absolutely needs to find a way to balance its spending with player performance and needs to do it quick.