Manchester United’s players could face wage cuts of up to 25% if they fail to reach the Champions League this season.

​The Sun have reported that contracts at Old Trafford are reportedly set up in order to reduce the wage total at the club if they are not involved in Europe’s elite competition.

The likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata would have been effected by the clause under Louis van Gaal last season when United missed out on Champions League qualification.

New signings Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and HenrikhcMhkitaryan might be affected at the end of the season if the Red Devils face to make it into the top 4.

Pogba reportedly earns a hefty £290,000 a week, while Ibrahimovic pockets £220,000, and the drop in wages is used to adjust to the decrease in income without Champions League football.

The Sun quoted a United source as saying: “The squad has reductions built in to protect from a drop in revenue.”

The club have also revealed that their kit sponsorship deal with Adidas will be reduced by 30% – around £22.5m – without a top four finish.

If nothing else, this will certainly provide an incentive for United’s talented squad to overcome their competitors this season.

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