10. Chris Smalling £80,000
Chris Smalling is one of the highest paid defenders in the Premier League and at Manchester United, but there are many who are skeptical about him receiving this kind of salary. Smalling is a good defender, but he’s certainly not at his best at the moment, no matter how much he considers himself “bullying” the opposition strikers. But truth be told, Smalling is the best that United is having right now when it comes to defenders, so it is understandable if he’s one of the highest paid defenders in the United squad at the moment. He comes at the 10th position in our countdown, thanks to the contract which he signed recently.