Here's how much Manchester United players will lose after failing to finish in the top four

Manchester United players will suffer a wage cut of up to 25% after their failure to qualify for the Champions League, report Sky Sports (opens in new tab).

Sunday's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side's chances of finishing in the top four.

The club have adopted a policy of rewarding squad members for reaching Europe's elite competition, and United's inability to do so this term will lead to a drop in salaries across the board.

The exact proportion of the wage varies depending on the details of each player's contract, but some will see their pay packet reduced by a quarter.

And while the clause is not present in many of the deals that were signed a few years ago, the majority of United's squad can expect to earn less as a result of their failure to finish in the top four.

Ten victories in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first 12 games in charge lifted the Red Devils back into Champions League contention, but a recent four-game winless run means they can no longer finish higher than fifth.

United conclude what has been a disappointing campaign with a home match against Cardiff on Sunday. 


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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).