Manchester United will bank an estimated £60.5m if they can beat Dutch side Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm.
Jose Mourinho’s team meet Dutch side Ajax in the final of European football’s second competition chasing a trophy they have yet to win. And it is not only the former UEFA Cup trophy that is on the line for the Premier League side.
A win over Ajax would see United gain automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League, a tournament that would see United collect a 25 per cent wage increase, a figure which amounts to an estimated £38m, according to reports.
United will also share a £1m bonus should they triumph in the Swedish capital ahead of a heavy pay-out from UEFA for participating in the Champions League.
Manchester City earned £76m for reaching the last four of the tournament last year, but United would miss out on the prospect of that money if they suffer defeat to Ajax.
Failure is obviously also a more costly business for United’s players.
The first-team squad will be penalised by a 25 per cent pay reduction if they fail to qualify for the Champions League each season with the Old Trafford club working on the estimate that they will be yearly participants in the competition.
Having failed to finish in the top four under Louis van Gaal last season, United’s wages were cut by up to £28m. New marquee signings Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were not penalised, but would see their earnings cut if United fail against Ajax.
In addition, United’s shirt sponsor Adidas can pay £22.5m less on their annual £75m deal if United do not reach the Champion League in two straight seasons. The difference between winning and losing is £60.5m.
The revelation comes as United revealed they are predicting record revenues of up to £570m this year.
United have increased projected revenue in their third quarter results to between £560million to £570million – a £30m rise on the second quarter prediction.
The club achieved a record profit of £191.9m last year and, despite big-name acquisitions and the lack of Champions League football, are on course for earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of between £185m to £195m.