Saturday 21 September 2019

Latest Premier League wages data piles even more pressure on Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure after overseeing the club's worst start to a season in 28 years REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure after overseeing the club's worst start to a season in 28 years REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United have the biggest wage bill in the Premier League, with their average salary per player coming in at £6.53m, according to a survey released by Sporting Intelligence.

United's average wage is substantially ahead of their local rivals Manchester City (£5.99m), with Chelsea (£5.02m) and Liverpool (£4.86m) completing the top four in the wages league table for England's top clubs.

The figures will highlight the sliding standards being overseen by United manager Jose Mourinho, with Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace leaving his side well off the pace in the race for a top four finish in the Premier League and a massive 14 points behind their local rivals just 13 games into the season.

Arsenal and Tottenham complete the top six, but the wages being paid out to Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side are dramatically lower than that of their top four rivals, with this survey suggesting a club that has qualified for the Champions League for three successive seasons pay an average of £3.5m-per-year to their star names.

While the Premier League is loaded with cash thanks to the lavish television deals signed with Sky Sports and BT Sport, Barcelona and Real Madrid are a few steps ahead of their English rivals as their average wages per player figure comes in at £10.4m and £8.1m respectively.

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