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19th Feb 2016

Report: Manchester United players face wage cuts if poor form continues

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Robert Redmond

Manchester United players could be set for a wage cut if they continue their poor form.

Should the club miss out on qualification for the Champions League, a number of players’ wages will be cut due to a policy started back in 2012, according to the Daily Mirror.

Some players could have their wages cut by as much as 25 per cent.

The policy was first introduced during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as manager, when David Gill was chief executive, and has been introduced into all new contracts and extensions from 2014, when United last failed to qualify for the Champions League.FC Midtjylland v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First LegDuring a recent conference call, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly said: “There is a component of our players’ salary that is linked to the club participating in the Champions League, and if we’re not competing in the Champions League that component will come off and it’s sufficiently meaningful.”

Interestingly, despite it been apparent that David Moyes wasn’t going to be a success for months before he was eventually put out of his misery, United didn’t sack their former manager until it became mathematically impossible to secure a top four place.

A clause had been inserted in Moyes’ deal which meant failure to qualify for the Champions League allowed United to release him with only a years’ worth of compensation.

It was reportedly termed the “ejector seat” clause.

Will something something similar happen to Van Gaal?