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Man Utd warned radical new decision could leave Ten Hag stranded, with doubts already cast over futures of two major stars

Man Utd striker Marcus Rashford

One observer thinks Man Utd could be left behind in the transfer market after introducing a radical new rule, and the future of two current stars is in jeopardy as a result.

The Daily Mail recently reported Manchester United have introduced a ‘Ronaldo rule’. The measure will see player salaries at Old Trafford limited to £200,000-a-week as the Red Devils seek to make colossal and ill-advised outlays a thing of the past.

Cristiano Ronaldo was a recent example of a megastar signed to huge wages who did not pan out to the club’s benefit. Another example in the not too distant past is Alexis Sanchez.

Ronaldo pocketed around £500,000 every seven days and the Mail stress United don’t want any one player earning significantly more than the rest.

In theory, the development is a wise one given the club have regularly been taken advantage of in the market.

Capping player wages should also foster greater team harmony, though there are drawbacks.

Speaking to Sky Sports News upon learning of the change, former Premier League left-back, Stephen Warnock, warned of the biggest consequence.

Warnock fears that unless rival clubs follow suit, the cream of the crop in the market will be lured elsewhere amid the promise of greater financial rewards.

“If it’s only Manchester United then other teams will say ‘well, we’ll pay you it. Come to us’,” said Warnock.

“That’s the issue they have. Now, if all the top teams turn around and say they’re happy to cap the salary, that then changes the goalpost completely.

“It’s a difficult one because of the position they’re in, they almost have to pay over the odds to get people in, and we’ve seen that with some of the signings they’ve made, whether it’s a fee or wages as well.

“If broadcast rights continue to rise, ticket prices continue to rise, the players almost expect to see some of that themselves.

“They’re the ones that they come to watch so why are they not getting rewarded for it?”

Two high profile Man Utd stars affected

The Mail’s original report outlined two imminent issues United could have in their current squad.

Firstly, David de Gea earns roughly £375,000-a-week and his contract is up in the summer.

De Gea is understood to wish to remain at Old Trafford, though a long-term extension could require a pay-cut of almost 50 percent.

The early indications are De Gea will go on to commit his future to to club despite the reduced salary on offer. However, it’s by no means a cut and dried case as yet.

Secondly, the Mail claimed United will now face a bigger task than they otherwise would’ve had in retaining Marcus Rashford.

The England international is United’s man of the moment and at 25, is just now entering his peak years.

Rashford’s deal expires in the summer of 2024 after United recently triggered a one-year option. However, long-standing interest from French giant and cash-rich PSG is lingering in the background.

It’s claimed PSG would have no qualms offering Rashford at least twice what he can earn at Old Trafford.

In that scenario, the forward’s loyalty to his boyhood club would face a stern examination, especially if United stick to their guns over the salary cap.

Losing a player of Rashford’s calibre is unthinkable for United and Ten Hag right now. What’s more, if he did depart, their ability to land a world class replacement would be hampered by their self-imposed limit on wages they’d offer to transfer targets.

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