Manchester United must not make Paul Pogba club's highest paid player - Opinion

While Erik ten Hag itches closer to becoming Manchester United’s new permanent manager, talk of Paul Pogba’s future continues to dominate the headlines.

On the same day it was announced that a ‘verbal agreement’ has been struck with Ajax boss to take the reins at Old Trafford, reports of a staggering contract offer made to Pogba has also come to fruition.

The Mirror reports that Manchester United have made a fresh contract offer to the Frenchman which if he accepts will see him become the Premier League’s highest-paid player.

The World Cup winner’s contract at Old Trafford expires in June and it’s anticipated that Pogba will seek a new challenge and leave Manchester United on a free transfer for the second time in his career.

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After being re-signed by Jose Mourinho in 2016 for a world-record £89million, the move hasn’t worked out for either Pogba or United.

United haven’t won a trophy for five years since winning the Europa League against Ajax and Pogba’s prime years as a footballer have been wasted playing for the Reds, who have failed to compete for major trophies since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Pogba doesn’t carry the same love and pride playing for United as he does his beloved France.

The 29-year-old has historically used the international breaks to speak his mind about United’s plight.

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During the March break, Pogba told Le Figaro: “You have to be honest, it does not satisfy me, over the last five seasons, but really not at all. This year, it is dead, we won’t win anything yet. Whether it’s with Manchester or at another club, I want to win trophies.”

With United unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League and the likes of Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata set to leave the club on free transfers, Ten Hag will have an immediate opportunity to stamp his own imprint on the team.

Unless the Dutchman has made it clear that he wants Manchester United to move heaven and earth to keep Pogba, handing the former Juventus man a new lucrative deal wouldn’t make any sense at all.

Pogba, who hasn’t won the Champions League during his career, is highly unlikely going to stick around at United for a rebuild project, unless he is shown the money.

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If the Frenchman isn’t interested in committing to Ten Hag’s plans then move him on and sign a player who is committed to the cause and give James Garner a chance to stake his claim.

United are understood to be willing to offer Pogba a basic salary of £400,000-a-week, with add-ons potentially taking it up to the half-a-million mark.

Cristiano Ronaldo is United’s current highest earner, taking home £450,00-a-week, followed by goalkeeper David De Gea, who is on £375,000-a-week.

Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane earn £300,000-a-week, Bruno Fernandes is on £250,000-a-week, with skipper Harry Maguire netting £200,000-a-week.

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Pogba isn’t going to be short of suitors this summer, but if his infamous agent Mino Raiola has convinced United to offer such eye-watering terms, it’ll be very clear that the duo have held Manchester United to ransom and got the outcome they wanted.

Manchester United have the opportunity to carry out a cultural reset under Ten Hag, but making Paul Pogba the club’s highest-paid player would be hampering the Dutchman before he has even begun.

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Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.