Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Huddersfield on Sunday confirmed that the Red Devils won’t be competing in the Champions League next season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is going through a barren run for the past few weeks and the performance against Huddersfield just showed everything that is wrong with the club.
And now, the Manchester United players are facing a 25% wage cut for finishing outside the top 4.
If you want to understand how costly it is for a club to miss out on the Champions League, here’s a data:
“Arsenal’s operating profits fell by 60 per cent after they failed to qualify for the 2017-18 competition.”
Europa League has more fixtures compared to Champions League but the commercial and broadcasting revenues of the Europa League is nowhere near the Champions League, hence the massive drop in profits and revenues.
And that’s why Manchester United was clever enough to put in a clause in every player’s contract which states that the players will lose 25% of their weekly wages if the Club fails to qualify for the Champions League spot.
Now, what does that mean for the top 5 earners in the Manchester United squad? Here’s how it will work:
Wage: £500,000 p/w
Wage minus 25%: £375,000 p/w
Wage: £300,000 p/w
Wage minus 25%: £225,000 p/w
Wage: £250,000 p/w
Wage minus 25%: £187,000 p/w
David de Gea
Wage: £200,000 p/w
Wage minus 25%: £150,000 p/w
Wage: £175,000 p/w
Wage minus 25%: £131,000 p/w
Moreover, Paul Pogba will also lose £1.875m of bonus that he would have earned if Manchester United had finished in the top 4 as we are set to lose £65m in lost TV revenue and prize money.
We are also set to lose 30% of our kit deal with Adidas if we fail to qualify for the Champions League for 2 successive seasons, but hopefully, that won’t be happening…hopefully…