MANCHESTER UNITED players have been hit by a massive 25 per cent wage cut after their draw to Huddersfield on Sunday – but why?
United’s torrid season is almost over but a conclusion has already been realised after their latest failings on Sunday.
The Red Devils failed to beat Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium – meaning fourth place is now unattainable.
Tottenham are four points ahead of United with one game to go, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will be plying their trade in the Europa League next season.
In their contracts are reductions in wages, built-in to protect the club from a drop in revenue that comes with slipping out of the Champions League.
Solskjaer has already spoken about a potential major summer clear-out.
And some players may not need that much convincing after losing a quarter of their wages after missing out on Europe’s elite competition.
Among the high-earners looking at the exit door are Alexis Sanchez, David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku.
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Man Utd missed out on Champions League football next year (Pic: GETTY)
Sanchez is set to be hit the hardest and will lose a staggering £6.5m a year, whereas Lukaku will miss out on £3.25m.
De Gea will see his annual earnings decrease by £2.6m while the man in the forefront of transfer rumours – Paul Pogba – will also be taking a wage cut.
His current pay packet of £300,000-a-week will take a huge £75,000-a-week decrease which works out to be £3.9m.
Solskjaer was unforgiving in his scathing criticism of his squad following the draw against the Terriers, remarking some may have played their last game for the club.
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He said: “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.
“Today wasn’t one individual that was disappointing, it was the whole team.”