Solskjaer and Maguire lament Man Utd's lack of discipline in Bern
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Bruno Fernandes is reportedly close to agreeing a new five-year deal at Manchester United. But even with his new bumper pay-packet, the 27-year-old won’t be the highest earner at Old Trafford.
Fernandes is believed to be close to putting pen to paper in a new deal at United.
The Portuguese star will add an additional year to his existing contract as well as the option for a further season extension, committing his future at the club until 2026, according to a report by The Sun.
And Fernandes’ new contract is expected to see his salary increased to more than £250,000 a week, which represents a rise of £100,000 a week.
Those eye-watering wages will take him above Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial in the list of United’s best paid players.
But, even when he signs the new contract, there will still be five players at Old Trafford on higher wages.
David de Gea had been United’s top earner for a number of years, with the goalkeeper’s current deal believed to put him on around £375,000 a week – wages that make his annual earnings almost £20million.
But the Spaniard has been knocked into second spot in the earning stakes by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is reported to be on as much as half a million a week.
Fellow summer signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane make up the club’s top four earners, with the new additions each on salaries just shy of De Gea’s packet.
And midfielder Paul Pogba, who is in the final year of his contract at the club, will be the other United player ahead of Fernandes in the earning stakes.
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Fernandes has scored four Premier League goals already this season, including United’s third in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United – a game that was most notable for being Ronaldo’s second debut at the club.
“Everyone knows what Cristiano Ronaldo brought for the club and we are really happy to have him,” Fernandes told broadcasters Sky Sports after playing with Ronaldo at club level for the first time.
“The most important, as he will say, is the result for the team. Good players can always play well together.
“We arrived at the end (of last season) with some mistakes but did really well. There has been an improvement in the club and now it is time to take the next step.”
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However, both Fernandes and Ronaldo were substituted in United’s Champions League loss to Young Boys in midweek.
The score was 1-1 when the high-profile pair were withdrawn from action, with the Swiss side going on to grab a late winner.
Yet manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that his decision had merit.
“The game had gone 70-odd minutes, they had been running a lot, both on Saturday and today,” the United manager said.
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“The astroturf takes its toll as well and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs.
“Ronaldo is exceptional… But we have to look after him as well and it felt like the right moment to take him off.”
Both players are expected to start when United return to action against West Ham United on Sunday in the Premier League.
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