Neville: United must overpay to keep their stars

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Sky Sports’ expert Gary Neville believes that Manchester United no longer have the same appeal and now can hold their stars with money only, overpaying highly.

The Red Devils were forced to use their option to extend David De Gea’s contract for 12 months this week. However, United are still far away from the deal prolongation with their goalkeeper.

According to rumors, De Gea required the same salary as teammate Alexis Sanchez had. There are difficulties for the Devils with the extension of cooperation with some other players too, including striker Anthony Martial, so Neville sees this as a bad sign.

Neville believes that it began with Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. United’s sporting results have deteriorated since then, so now the club cannot act with a force during the negotiations with the players. Footballers understand that they can play at a better club, so they demand a higher salary from United.

Other clubs also pay big money to football players. Nevertheless, Manchester City, for example, can say to a player, who requires a large salary, that there is no problem in replacing him with another man. In this situation, players won’t demand a salary increase. United do not have such an opportunity anymore.

(Reporting by Kovtunov Ilya, editing by Ponomarenko Valeriia)

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