Manchester United would miss lose a whopping £70m if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Red Devils are in a good position to finish in a top four spot ahead of the final games on the season on Sunday, with their 1-1 draw against West Ham on Wednesday moving them into third place in the Premier League.
They are level on points with Chelsea and just one above Leicester City whom they face at the King Power Stadium on Sunday in what’s tagged a do-or-die clash.
A defeat to the Foxes on the road with a positive result for Chelsea against Wolves would see the Ole Gunnar Solksjaer side slip out of the top four, and potentially see them lose out on a huge £70m.
This implies that they would be playing Europa League football next season, unless they were to win the competition this season and qualify for the Champions League through that avenue.
The reward for Champions League qualification is around £80m, which is some £50m more than it is worth to play in the Europa League.
Manchester United would potentially also lose another £20m from their lucrative kit deal with Adidas, with a clause in their deal with the sports branding giants which states their annual £75m fee will be cut if the club are not playing in the Champions League two seasons in a row.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer: “Let’s get this game out of the way and get third position and continue the growth and the journey this team’s on,” he said.
“Of course we’ve had some hard times this season, some setbacks, but I think we’ve shown and we’ve proved that this is a team going places.”
“If we get a result against Leicester, I think everyone will say that this journey has been a good one.”