Man Utd players face ‘wage reductions of up to 25%’ this summer after it was confirmed that they will not be playing in the Champions League next season.
The Red Devils were hammered 4-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening.
The Seagulls netted three goals in eleven minutes in the second half as they handed Man Utd an embarrassing defeat.
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United cannot now finish any higher than sixth in the Premier League. They are four points behind fifth-placed Tottenham with one game to go.
The Daily Mail are reporting that – given how Man Utd structure player’s contracts – ‘up to 25%’ of their wages are taken away if they do not qualify for the Champions League.
In the report, it is stated that United’s top earner – Cristiano Ronaldo – faces a reduction of £97,000. The 37-year-old’s weekly wage will drop from £385,000 to £288,000.
They add that ‘players are able to negotiate a lesser reduction’ but this club policy is ‘no secret’.
These reductions happened back in 2018/19 when Man Utd finished sixth. Their salaries were ‘revised back upwards’ the year after as they ended up third in the table.
Elsewhere, Bruno Fernandes admitted that Man Utd fans were right to chant “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” after their brutal 4-0 defeat.
When asked about the fierce backlash his side faced, Fernandes admitted that the fans were right to be heavily critical of the players.
“I include myself in that,” Fernandes told Sky Sports.
“What we did today, what I did today, was not enough to be in a Man Utd shirt and I accept it.”
Man Utd brushed Brentford aside on Monday night, offering a rare glimmer of hope, but defeat against Brighton ensured that the season will end on a sour note.
Fernandes added: “A little bit of everything [went wrong]. Quality. Mentality. They deserved to win and we deserve to be in the position we are in now.
“It’s something that we have to look and be embarrassed because that was not good enough from us and we have to do much better.
“I don’t want to talk about the future, we have still one game this season and we have to win.
“I talked with the club about the future many times before I signed my contract because I think the future can be good, but obviously many things need to be fixed, as we have seen this season.”