Man Utd leave fans perplexed by having four of Premier League’s top five earners

Manchester United are paying out huge sums to four of the top five earning players in the Premier League despite coming up to a ninth season without a title.

The Red Devils sit sixth in the table and are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification – despite paying fortunes to Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

With those four stars earning upwards of £1.3million per calendar month only Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City, who has won three Premier League titles in four seasons and six domestic cups, breaks into the top five.

According to L'Equipe, Ronaldo takes home £2.1m per month, with De Bruyne taking home £1.7m, De Gea earning £1.6m, Sancho on £1.5m and finally Varane on £1.3m.

Those four players are therefore earning far more than manager Ralf Rangnick, who looks set to be replaced in the dugout come the end of the season.

Daily Star Sport understand that Rangnick is earning £7.6million in full from his deal at United. The update comes after United's debt rose to almost half a billion pounds after an expensive year which included the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and return of Ronaldo.

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One United fan said in response: "And 4 out of the 5 are playing for my club and yet they cannot perform on a constant level."

With a second adding: "Highest earners. Still yet we are in 6th position."

A third continued: "This club is a shambles."

With a fourth saying: "You'd think we would at least be challenging for a trophy."

United revealed in their December figures that their debt had increased by £50m from £455.5m to an astonishing £494.8m. The club blame the effects of the pandemic on their revenue funds for the recent losses, having missed out on a lucrative pre-season tour.

Although De Gea, Sancho and Varane look certain to continue at United next season, the future of Ronaldo is up in the air after a disastrous trophyless season.

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