The Europa League final has become all the more important for Manchester United, as Jose Mourinho will lose the security of his job at Old Trafford if they fail to lift the trophy.
The Red Devils finished sixth in the recently concluded Premier League season, and are in desperate need of a victory over Ajax at Stockholm on Thursday in the Europa League final if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Jose Mourinho, the current manager at United, became the first manager to win a trophy in his first season at the club, but he is not assured of his position after the season.
Mourinho signed a four-year deal with Manchester United when he arrived last summer, and the Red Devils hierarchy were ready to offer him a two-year contract extension recently. However, his team’s failure to finish in the top-4 might now see Mourinho fight for his place next season.
The Red Devils will lose more than £50 million in revenues if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, with their £75 million-a-year kit manufacturing deal with Adidas set to be slashed by 30 percent.
And the Mirror now claims that the hierarchy has decided that the Portuguese will not be offered a contract extension if Manchester United fail to beat Ajax in a few days’ time. The report suggests that United have no plans of sacking the tactician, but are well aware of the need to keep him on the leash.
The Reds will not only miss out on the revenue, but might also find it hard to lure top transfer targets to the club this summer if they fail to qualify for the elite competition.
This game against Ajax has just become even more important.
Written by Aakarsh Bommakanti
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