Manchester United players will receive a collective bonus if they win the Europa League title, as per reports in England.
Having mathematically crashed out of the race to finish in the Top 4 of the Premier League, Manchester United now have all their eggs in one basket, as they will absolutely have to win the Europa League in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho, who has led his United side to a comparatively average season this year, intends to end it perfectly by lifting the decorated trophy in Stockholm this month.
The Portuguese previously stated (via Daily Mail): “It will be the perfect end to the season. A difficult season, lots of matches, trying to build a team, trying to recover a certain mentality, trying to finish the season playing a European final. It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United.”
A win against Ajax would certainly help United win the Europa League title for the first time in their history, but apart from the glory of winning the trophy and qualifying for the Champions League, the Manchester United players will have yet another added incentive to secure a victory.
According to The Times, if the Reds win the final, the United squad will end up receiving a collective £38 million bonus.
Therefore, each individual player will be on the receiving end of a 25% increase on the basic salary they received this season. Moreover, as per United’s performance incentive programme, the players will also have an additional £1m split between them.
Hence, when Louis van Gaal’s side failed to qualify for Europe’s elite competition last summer, each player that pocketed more than £20,000-a-week had their wages cut by 25% – meaning a total of £28m worth of wages were directly slashed at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
Written by Kunal Kambli