Manchester United started off their campaign on a mixed note. Some of the jubilation that fans clutched onto after their 4-0 win against Chelsea on opening day was removed when the side were kept to a 1-1 draw versus Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux last Monday.
While their roster continues to show immense promise and the caliber of their youngsters is in no doubt, the competitive nature of the Premier League is such that even this campaign their possibility of qualifying for the Champions League next season is in some doubt.
Now, this doubt has manifested in displeasure amongst some names.
According to the Sun, some of the players at Manchester United’s aren’t happy with a specific policy of the club.
The players have a clause in their contract as per which their weekly wage-package would be slashed by 25 percent if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Some of the players currently in the roster are already facing the ramifications of that rule as a result of United’s failure to finish in the Premier League’s top four last campaign.
The report adds that this is the specific reason why David De Gea is stalling on his new contract extension. The Spaniard allegedly has a bound contract already on the table that would see him make upwards of £350,000-a-week.
However, the shotstopper is yet to sign the deal due to the fear that United may fail to make the Champions League cutoff this season as well.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s lads have two avenues of achieving the same this time around. The more goal-oriented approach is to finish in the top-four of the League, a task that is no longer the simple errand that the Red Devils routinely completed six years ago.
The more arduous path to the Champions League is by winning the Europa League title this season.