A recent report states that if Manchester United achieves Champions League qualification for the upcoming season, their players will receive significant increases in pay.
At present, Erik ten Hag's team holds the fourth position in the Premier League standings and has a lead of six points over Tottenham, who are in fifth place, with the advantage of having two additional games to play.
Manchester United has only seven games left in the current season, and they seem to be making good progress towards securing a spot in the upcoming Champions League tournament, which would mean the return of Champions League football to Old Trafford.
Since Manchester United was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Europa League by Sevilla, their only path to secure a place in the Champions League is through their final standing in the Premier League. If they had won the tournament, they would have automatically qualified for the top-tier European competition.
As a consequence of their failure to qualify for the Champions League last season, Manchester United players allegedly faced a wage reduction of as much as 25% as reported by the Daily Mail
. They finished the season in the sixth position, which was considered a disappointment.
And it appears that wages may return to something close to previous standards if the club achieves its objectives this season.
As per the Daily Mai
l, Manchester United players could reportedly receive an increase in their salaries of up to 20% of their current wages if the club manages to secure a position among the top four teams in the Premier League standings.
The reported pay rise for Manchester United players, which is contingent on the club finishing in the top four, allegedly applies to all players, including new signings from last summer or January, as well as those who experienced wage cuts last season.
It remains uncertain which players, if any, would receive a higher percentage of wage increase, however, there were reports in January by the Daily Mail
that Manchester United had implemented a "Cristiano Ronaldo rule" to restrict players from earning more than £200,000 per week.
It was alleged that the reason behind this was to prevent a 'culture of dressing room jealousy' at Old Trafford, with Ronaldo cited as a signing that broke United's wage structure and left him earning a higher amount than any other player at the club.
The Daily Mirror claimed that Ronaldo penned a deal worth over £500,000 per week when he rejoined the club from Juventus in 2021, although the Evening Standard report the figure as £480,000 before any wage reduction. He departed the club last December via mutual consent.