MANCHESTER UNITED stars are set to donate 30% of their monthly salary to the NHS and become the first Premier League club to cut wages to fight the coronavirus.
Club captain Harry Maguire, who makes £ 190,000 a week, was approached by executive vice president Ed Woodward about the idea.
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And reports claim that the English defender managed to convince his teammates to give up just under a third of their salary for a month – as long as he goes directly to local hospitals.
Man Utd’s team would strongly agree with Maguire’s proposal – with an official announcement expected in the coming hours.
Old Trafford players and bosses believe that they can start a trend and inspire other clubs to follow, United being clearly one of the most famous, influential and wealthy teams in the world.
Each player giving up 30 percent of their salary would create an expected figure of £ 8 MILLION for the NHS in its time of need.
David De Gea, who has a high income, earns £ 375,000 a week alone, 30 percent of monthly salary guaranteeing £ 450,000 directly to local hospitals.
Man Utd currently spends £ 332 million a year on player salaries – the highest total in English football history.
But that money will now at least be put to good use in the last selfless act coming out of the red half of Manchester.
Most recently, Marcus Rashford sent a comforting letter to a six-year-old fan to cheer him up during the lockdown.
It only happened a few days after helping to distribute more than 600,000 meals to school children who were victims of the closures.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned football clubs that everyone must do their part in the fight against the virus, which has claimed 2,961 lives in the UK so far.
His comments came after Tottenham joined a host of other clubs to put their non-playing staff on leave.
The Spurs particularly sparked a scandalized reaction, after Daniel Levy put 550 employees under the government award, while pocketing a bonus of £ 7 million for himself.
Gary Neville slammed the “damn cheek” of Hancock’s comments, however.
Meanwhile, Gary Lineker pressured the players after generously donating £ 300,000 – two months from his salary to the BBC – for the coronavirus rescue effort.
Famous faces from around the world are helping to fight the coronavirus, with some football stars already pledging millions of pounds.
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Paul Pogba – £ 290,000
Anthony Martial – £ 250,000
Marcus Rashford – £ 200,000
Harry Maguire – £ 190,000
Juan Mata – £ 160,000
Luke Shaw – £ 150,000
Fred – £ 120,000
Victor Lindelof – £ 120,000
Nemanja Matic – £ 120,000
These are Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola, both of whom have donated over £ 900,000 to hospitals in Spain and Argentina while Cristiano Ronaldo has arranged for medical equipment and intensive care units .
Brazilian ace Neymar has been revealed as the man behind a £ 770,000 donation to UNICEF and a local charity, while a mysterious Liverpool player gave £ 25,000 to a hospital for Merseyside children.
And Brighton boss Graham Potter and Eddie Howe of Bournemouth taking voluntary pay cuts.
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