- Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants new Manchester United CEO to be tough on wages
- He wants to implement a system based on success, similar to Manchester City’s plan.
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Sir Jim Ratcliffe has said Manchester United’s CEO must be tough on top earners and ensure players only get paid if they are successful, according to a new report.
Since his partial takeover of the club was confirmed this week, Ratcliffe has identified some places where they can meet his high wage bill.
Man United have struggled to meet their usual high expectations on the field, with last season’s Carabao Cup being the only notable trophy the club has won in recent years.
According to the Mirror, Ratcliffe has demanded that Manchester United chief operating officer Omar Berrada quickly address this financial situation to ensure they return to days of success on the pitch.
Berrada comes from arch-rivals Manchester City, tasked with creating a bonus-rich scheme like the one that has brought many trophies to the Etihad, including last season’s Treble and the Club World Cup.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to crack down on Manchester United’s high wage bill to boost success
Omar Berrada brought success to Manchester City and now has the same task at Old Trafford
Man City have a higher wage bill but also earned £300m in prize money by winning the Treble
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Man United’s latest figures showed they were spending £330m on wages, but there has been no success on the pitch to back up such a high spend.
While Manchester City recorded a wage bill of £400m in November, they earned £300m in prize money from their three trophies last season, and have more on the way from their participation in the Club World Cup in 2025.
Berrada proved to be a good negotiator during his time at Manchester City, walking away from high-profile deals if they were not financially viable, and will now be tasked with doing the same at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Man United have repeatedly broken the bank and offered huge salaries to players who haven’t paid that on the pitch, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
Ratcliffe completed a £1.3bn deal to become part-owner of Man United, with INEOS finally getting the green light to take a 27.7% stake in the club on Tuesday night.
Saturday’s defeat against Fulham leaves Erik ten Hag’s team eight points behind Aston Villa
Manchester United finished last in their UEFA Champions League group this season
Manchester United finished last in their Champions League group this season and can only return to the competition through the Premier League.
However, Erik ten Hag’s side sit in sixth place, eight points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, following their late defeat to Fulham on Saturday afternoon.