Manchester United’s squad are blaming one another for the fact their salaries will drop by 25% next season.
The Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Huddersfield last Sunday meant the club will finish outside the top four and will compete in the Europa League next season.
United’s budget and forecasting is based on the assumption that – at a bare minimum – the club will finish 4th and take England’s final spot in the Champions League.
A season outside of Europe’s elite competition costs the club around £40m and threatens long-term sponsorship deals.
To counter against this, United install clauses in contracts that means player salaries decrease by 25% if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
For the likes of Alexis Sanchez, a 25% decrease equates to around £5.2million a year and FourFourTwo claims some members of the United squad are far from happy.
The report claims United players have turned on one another for their collapse in the final stages of the season and individuals have not taken responsiblity for the fact they’re set to finish outside the top four.
The prospect of a season in the Europa League makes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full campaign in charge look even more daunting.
The Norwegian has a mountain of issues to overcome on and off the pitch to get United back to competing for titles.
Paul Pogba is expected to tell the club that he wants to leave, while David De Gea is entering the final year of his deal and is no closer towards signing an extension.