Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season will result in a 25% pay cut for some of their players, according to SportsMail.
The Red Devils’ 4-0 loss at Brighton means they will not be able to finish in the top four.
There will be financial consequences for yet another disappointing campaign, because of the way the Old Trafford club structures their player contracts.
The wage cut is intended to protect United from the revenue loss that comes from failing to qualify for Europe’s top club competition.
If United plays in the UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League next season, they will earn significantly less in prize money and broadcast revenue.
If Cristiano Ronaldo stays for next season, his weekly salary will be reduced from £385,000 to around £288,000, the lowest the 37-year-old has earned in some years.
The club’s second-highest earner, goalkeeper David de Gea, stands to see his pay cut from £375,000-a-week to around the £281,000-a-week mark.