Man United star demands equal pay with Ronaldo 

Cristiano Ronaldo is United's largest earner, on over £400,000 per week,

Man United star demands equal pay with Ronaldo 
Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes has put negotiations over a lucrative new contract at Manchester United on hold as the star waits to see the direction the team is heading in.

Fernandes, who is believed to earn around £100,000 per week at Old Trafford, is seeking parity with the club's biggest earners in his new deal to reflect his importance to the side.

Cristiano Ronaldo is United's largest earner, on over £400,000 per week, and goalkeeper David de Gea isn't far behind on £375,000 per week.

At least eight players are thought to earn more than Fernandes, including Captain Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani.

Fernandes and his representatives turned down an offer from United in late autumn and negotiations now won't resume until May.

By then, Fernandes and his team will know in which European competition, if any, United will be playing in next season.

But with Fernandes's existing contract running until June 2025, with the option for a further year, United are relaxed about the delay.

They wanted to reflect his importance to the team by improving a relatively low salary, which was nonetheless double the £50,000 per week Fernandes earned at former club Sporting Lisbon although heavily incentivised with bonuses.  

Interim coach Ralf Rangnick is fighting to get United into the Premier League top four, which would return them to the Champions League next season, but faces strong competition from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.

Fernandes, 27, has struggled to produce his best form this season and has received criticism for negative body language.

But he was excellent in United's 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday night, scoring two goals.

It was a reminder of the class that persuaded United to pay Sporting Lisbon £67million for his services in January 2020.

Since then, only Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (45) and Harry Kane of Tottenham (34) have scored more than the 33 goals Fernandes has. He has also contributed 22 assists in the league.

United return to action on Wednesday night with their rearranged Premier League trip to Brentford.

Man Utd top earners

Cristiano Ronaldo - £510,000

David de Gea - £375,000

Jadon Sancho - £350,000

Raphael Varane - £340,000

Paul Pogba - £290,000

Edinson Cavani - £250,000

Anthony Martial - £250,000

Marcus Rashford- £200,000

Harry Maguire - £190,000

Luke Shaw - £190,000

Juan Mata - £160,000

Fred - £120,000

Victor Lindelof - £120,000

Nemanja Matic - £120,000

Donny van de Beek - £120,000

Dean Henderson - £100,000

Bruno Fernandes - £100,000