Manchester United’s big earners Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all on huge contracts but they could be significantly reduced in the summer.
United have a wage structure in place so that up to 25 per cent can be knocked off the earnings of the highest-paid players if they don’t reach Europe’s elite club competition.
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That is according to The Sun on Sunday, who claim the pay cuts are in place to protect a drop in revenue their absence from the Champions League would create.
United sit three points off fourth-place Arsenal, who play their game in hand against Burnley today.
Pogba would stand to lose £72,500 a week from his £290,000 weekly deal should United mis out on the top four.
And Ibrahimovic would have £55,000 knocked off his pay packet each week.
Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) face a pay cut
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Pogba and Ibrahimovic (right) joined Manchester United last summer
Players who were at United last season such as Wayne Rooney already supposedly had their wages cut
United’s current stars already had their pay cut in the summer when they failed to make the Champions League under manager Louis van Gaal.
United’s policy is said to differ from that of their main rivals, who tend to reward players with additional wages if they reach the Champions League, rather than knock down their salaries down following failure.