Manchester United set to DOUBLE his wages, thanks to contract clause – making it almost impossible to sell him: report

Manchester United stars Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Diogo Dalot, Hannibal Mejbri, Dan Gore and Kobbie Mainoo in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground on October 02, 2023 in Manchester, England.
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One Manchester United player is set for a 100 per cent increase on his wages – thanks to a curious contract quirk.

The Red Devils lost again at the weekend to Newcastle United, with plenty of Erik ten Hag's side coming under fire for their lacklustre performances. Gary Neville said in the aftermath that he was "tired" of his own club, while Sky Sports colleagues Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher criticised Marcus Rashford.

With plenty of Manchester United stars accused of not caring about the club, one particular clause is set to inflate the wage budget once more.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on December 02, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Marcus Rashford came under heavy criticism following defeat in the north east (Image credit: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Daily Star says that United academy graduate Kobbie Mainoo is set for a huge pay rise following his emergence in Erik ten Hag's side.

Mainoo is currently said to be on £10,000 a week, though that's set to be doubled as the club look to reward him for recent performances. The teenager was outstanding against the likes of Everton and has presented himself as a serious option in United's midfield.

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Manchester City hold an interest in Mainoo but this new pay rise should be enough to keep him at Old Trafford for the near future, as a reward for consistent football. 

It is unlikely that any club able to offer the 18-year-old more money would grant him more minutes – and with Mainoo tied down to a long-term deal, it seems as if his future is set for the time being.

Kobbie Mainoo of Manchester United in action during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais at BT Murrayfield Stadium on July 19, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Kobbie Mainoo has been rewarded for good form at Old Trafford (Image credit: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

There may also be a tussle at international level, however: Mainoo is eligible to represent Ghana but will be wanted by the England national setup, too. 

Mainoo is still valued at under £1 million by Transfermarkt

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann. Meanwhile, a former Barcelona defender could potentially be on his way to Old Trafford.

Almost half a year after leaving Manchester United as a free agent, David de Gea could be close to sealing a move to a new club. Meanwhile, Erik ten Hag has defended his training methods as the injuries pile up – with Mason Mount the latest player set for a spell on the sidelines.

Is Raphael Varane poised to leave Old Trafford? The defender's relationship with Ten Hag appears to have become strained. And a bargain deal for a Serie A striker might also be in the offing.

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