Manchester United players 'facing big pay cut due to Champions League failure' (1 Viewer)

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The Manchester United squad might be facing significant pay cuts after failing to qualify for the 2024-25 Champions League. Following a strong start under Erik ten Hag, the team struggled throughout the 2023-24 season and might miss out on European football altogether.

In a tough Champions League group with Bayern Munich, Galatasaray, and Copenhagen, United finished last. They also recorded their worst-ever Premier League performance. Despite a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day, they ended the season in eighth place with 60 points, missing out on European qualification.

The team still has a shot at the Europa League if they beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final. However, their absence from the Champions League has serious financial consequences. According to The Sun, the senior squad faces a 25% pay cut, and head coach Erik ten Hag is also affected, with his £9m-a-year salary potentially dropping to £6.75m.

Ten Hag's future remains uncertain after this poor season. A decision on his role is expected after the FA Cup final, with rumors suggesting he has only a 50-50 chance of keeping his job as Sir Jim Ratcliffe considers replacements.

These planned salary cuts could also impact the club's ability to retain key players like captain Bruno Fernandes. Fernandes, with two years left on his contract plus an optional extra year, reportedly wants a new deal that matches the club's top earners. He's said to have issued a contract ultimatum to the club's management.
 

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