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David De Gea and Paul Pogba Set To Hold Faltering United To Ransom

David De Gea and Paul Pogba Set To Hold Faltering United To Ransom

If Manchester United fans are still a bit sore from the midweek hiding the Red Devils took over in Barcelona, then the demands from two of the club's biggest flops on the night will be sure to stick in the craw.

Combined, Paul Pogba and Davide De Gea earn just shy of £500,000 per week. Yes, that's right. Only the £25 million a year.

However, facing a 25% deduction to their wages should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's misfiring Mancs not scramble to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League and qualify for next season's Champions League, the two stars look set to demand a rise in their basic salaries to ensure that they don't feel the pinch.

After a dismal performance at the Camp Nou and a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Messi and co on Tuesday night, further uncertainty attached itself to the futures of Pogba and of goalkeeper De Gea, whose handling howler allowed the diminutive Argentinian to make it 2-0 on the night.

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Whilst his contract runs out at the end of this season, United do have the option to exercise a further year, but some have suggested the club may look to offload the Spaniard for a decent sum in the close season.

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Pogba has basically been treading the will-he-stay-will-he-go line as he pleases since arriving back at Old Trafford coming on three years ago.

The French World Cup winner looked a cert for an imminent exit whilst he remained embroiled in a battle of egos with ex-manager Jose Mourinho, but after Solskjaer took over in December his form turned mercurial. However, there has been a distinct fall off again in recent weeks as inconsistency continues to dog the midfielder.

Despite the outspoken playmaker talking up a future move to Real Madrid last week, he's contracted to stay at Old Trafford to at least July 2021, with the club able to demand a further year at their behest.

But as Solskjaer prepares an overhaul of the squad this summer, perhaps selling the two could allow for a bit more space on the balance sheet.

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Aaron Strain

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