Football is a costly business nowadays, and the need to make it through to the Champions League is taking on a whole new meaning for things other than notoriety.
And so far this season, regardless of acquiring Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and smashing the world transfer charge record to sign Paul Pogba, United have battled to re-assert themselves in amongst the pack chasing Europe.
Yet, presently, the eye-watering amount of cash that they could pass up has been revealed, they may be furnished with an extra motivating force to push on and secure a spot in next season’s tournament.
According to the Daily Mirror, failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League will see the Red Devils pass up £85 million.
Failure would see United’s colossal 10-year £750m pack deal with Adidas take a hit as a clause in the deal would see them record a 30% markdown – an estimated £22.5m – should they pass up qualification.
Passing up a great opportunity would also observe them fail to get some £60m in Champions League TV income and prize cash.
And just to add affront to injury, there’s another £3m on the line as their VIP and hospitality season tickets would take a hit with no European football on offer.
Such a drop in income would probably observe the club reluctant to back Jose Mourinho in the transfer market over the summer, which would inevitably affect their ability to qualify for the accompanying tournament.
Chelsea has felt that consume this season, as they lost out on the £62.5m they earned last season by making it to the last 16 of the Champions League last term.
Fortunately, United managed to beat battling Premier League champions Leicester City 3-0 on Sunday to move them inside two purposes of Arsenal in fourth.