Following their worst campaign in recent memory, the Man United squad will face the repercussions in the form of substantial wage cuts.
On May 7, Brighton inflicted the latest blow to the hearts of ‘Red Devils’ fans. In a game that United supporters felt they could win, the team completely fell apart.
The Seagulls steamrolled their visitors in an incredibly comprehensive fashion.
Inside the opening 15 minutes, United fanatic Moisés Caicedo ironically opened the scoring as he bagged his first goal for Brighton from outside the box.
At the start of the second half, Marc Cucurella fired the ball into the top corner to double the home side’s lead. This inspired an eleven-minute horror show at The American Express Community Stadium.
Pascal Groß made his way past Raphael Varane to bag the third before Leandro Trossard put the final nail in the coffin. Not only did the result make for an extremely embarrassing situation, but it also mathematically ended any hopes of United qualifying for the Champions League.
Throughout the season, regardless of who’s been at the helm, the former greats have failed to perform. Therefore, fans have begun to hold the players accountable. Their lack of ambition and motivation has resulted in the side rapidly tumbling down the footballing pyramid. And consequently, they’ll have to take a massive drop in pay.
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Man United players get wage cuts for 2022-23
After failing to regain their spot in Europe’s premier competition, the squad will have to face the consequences. According to The Daily Mail, the team face a 25% deduction of their wages. Even Cristiano Ronaldo will likely receive an all-mighty drop from £385k to £288k per week.
Furthermore, their second-highest-paid star, David De Gea, could see his wage plummet from £375k to £281k per week.
The club’s policy allows them to save money when they fail to qualify for the Champions League. This season the competition has a prize of £71.66 million. In contrast, the Europa League only has a maximum of £16.83 million.
Ultimately, the only way the squad can regain their old wages is by qualifying for the competition next season. But without the allure of playing in the prestigious tournament, the list of top players wanting to move to United is dwindling.
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