He’s unhappy at Man Utd: INEOS must sell “passenger” who earns more than Branthwaite – opinion

As owners of Manchester United, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS are gearing up for a very busy summer.

In addition to getting rid of deadwood, the goal is to bring in interesting young players like Jarrad Branthwaite who can contribute significantly to the rebuild.

The Everton defender has made an impression in his debut full Premier League season, and United has made him a top target.

Eliminating deadwood will be a major responsibility for the new owners of Old Trafford, and one of them just so happens to make a lot more money than Branthwaite.

Christian Eriksen’s debut campaign at Man Utd

After making an impression in a brief appearance for Brentford, Christian Eriksen signed a free move to Manchester United in the summer of 2022.

Erik Ten Hag was able to rely on the Denmark international to help establish control over his midfield. The former great player for Tottenham Hotspur appeared in 28 Premier League games, starting 25 of them, and averaged 74 minutes per contest.

Despite playing in a double pivot with Casemiro, Eriksen developed into a very significant player in the last third of the season, dishing up eight league assists, which is equal to Bruno Fernandes’ total.

However, after a promising start, he didn’t exactly push on last season, with his importance to the side decreasing as the campaign progressed, with football creator Liam Canning even calling him a “passenger.”

What Christian Eriksen earns at Man United

Eriksen struggled to regain the form he’d previously displayed this time around, taking on the role as more of a squad player.

It’s something he’s not hugely happy about either. Speaking recently, the Dane said: “For me, the season has been a little different to other seasons. It has been a slightly different role. It’s new to me, but it’s also new to the outside world.

“It is clear, in relation to how people talk. No, it’s the same. Now I was also a bit lucky that I didn’t sit on the bench so much when I was younger. But I did it once in a while. It’s never fun. That’s for sure. Personally, you always want to be the one who is chosen first in the team. Sometimes the coach looks the other way. But then I play for United, so there is just a battle for places, because there are a lot of good players.”

The ascent of Kobbie Mainoo and the loan signing of Sofyan Amrabat, who reduced his game time to an average of 53 minutes per match, haven’t helped his role either.

This meant that although the number 14 appeared in 22 Premier League games overall, he only started 12 of them and spent the most of February through April on the bench.

Ratcliffe might want to consider selling, especially given that Eriksen is 32 years old and no longer a valuable member of Ten Hag’s best starting lineup. This is especially true given his salary.

 

Man Utd’s Highest-Paid Players Aged 30+
Player Wage per-week
Casemiro £350k
Harry Maguire £190k
Christian Eriksen £150k
Jonny Evans £65k
Tom Heaton £45k
Via Capology

As you can see, Eriksen is making £150,000 a week right now, which comes to around £8 million a season—quite a sum for a backup.

With the departure of Anthony Martial and Raphael Varane, he now ranks among United’s highest-paid midfielders and among the top 10 earners at the team overall.

To put things in perspective, this also indicates that Eriksen makes little more than four times as much as Branthwaite, an Everton target who is now paid just £35,000 a week. We merely respond, “But that’s a lot less than the best players in the Premier League.”

He is also the club’s third-highest earner over thirty, only paid less than Harry Maguire and Casemiro, who have started six more league games than the Dane.

Eriksen signed a deal that runs until June 2025, so he essentially has one more year left on it before it expires.

Consequently, this summer would be the ideal time for United to sell the dynamic midfielder in order to raise some money.

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