What United Will Do With Current Players After Failure To Qualify For The Champions League

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Manchester United's Ashley Young walk on to the pitch.

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The financial side of things has always played a massive role in recent seasons. Clubs like Manchester City, PSG, and AS Monaco have sprung up into the limelight solely due to the influx of money into them.

Another difference that money has made is for goals to be incentivized by bonuses. Scoring, assisting, keeping cleansheets, finishing at certain levels of competitions and most importantly, qualifying for elite leagues are all motivated by add-ons.

However, the other side of things is rarely talked about. Now, Manchester United’s players are set to face the same.

The Sun confirms that following the Red Devils’ guaranteed lack of Champions League football after Sunday’s 1-1 draw to Huddersfield, their roster of players will see a 25% cut in their weekly wages.

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The source cited that this measure is to be taken by the club in order to try and cushion the drop in revenue that will come out of not playing in the Champions League next season.

This will hit the top earners at the Old Trafford outfit the most, as the likes of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are set to lose out on over £75,000 every week.

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As an obvious domino effect, these players are likely to seek out new destinations where their wage packages aren’t hurt as badly and Champions League football is played. Real Madrid seems like the obvious choice for Pogba while Sanchez may have to take a massive wage-cut no matter where he ends up.

Romelu Lukaku is another player who may be motivated by this move to depart the club, as has been the case for weeks now, with his agent confirming the same earlier.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself confirmed that a mass-exodus was on following the disappointing draw, stating: “I can’t talk about individuals now but there’s a chance you’ve seen the last of players anyway. There’s always a chance it’s a last time but I wouldn’t say that about any individual now, I don’t think that’s fair.”