Wednesday 17 May 2017

Manchester United Players To Loose £38m If Fail To Reach Champions League

Manchester United's players have an incredible £38million resting on their UEFA Europa League final against Ajax next week.

Under the pay structure at Old Trafford, which assumes that United qualify for the Champions League every season, all players on more than £20,000 a week are docked 25 per cent of their salary if they fail to make it.

So another season in the Europa League, the fate of Jose Mourinho's side if they lose to Ajax in the Stockholm final next Wednesday, would see them lose a quarter of their earnings for the second consecutive season.

It means the final is one of the most lucrative matches a football team has ever played in.

According to The Times, the mandatory wage cut applies to the 22 first-team players who finished last season under Louis van Gaal and amounts to £28m in total.

The four United signings made last summer after Jose Mourinho took over - Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan - also stand to lose £9m under the same structure.

In addition, a loss to the Dutch side would see United's players lose out on a £1m shared bonus under the club's performance incentive scheme, making £38m collectively.

Two players who are exempt from the pay cut are youngsters Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe, who earn less than £20,000 a week.
As well as losing out on the lucrative revenue that comes with playing in the Champions League, a failure to qualify would also affect United's sponsorship deal with adidas.

A clause in their £75m-a-season contract with the sportswear giant stipulates a 30 per cent cut - worth around £22.5m - if they fail to make the Champions League for two consecutive seasons.

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