Erik Ten Hag to pocket massive bonus if he gets Man Utd back in Champions League

Erik ten Hag will pocket a massive bonus if he can get Manchester United back into the Champions League.

United will be absent from Europe's premier club competition this coming season after a disappointing sixth place finish in the Premier League last time out, meaning they only qualified for the Europa League. However, new boss Ten Hag has been given an added incentive to get United back in the top four and the Champions League.

The Daily Mail report Ten Hag will receive £3million if he is able to lead United back into contention for the European Cup in his first season at Old Trafford.

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Ten Hag and United have two opportunities to qualify, thanks to their involvement in the Europa League. The winners of that competition also receive a slot in the following season's Champions League group stage.

It is seen as imperative United get back into the competition this season, with their absence said to be having a damaging impact on the club's finances.

According to The Sun, missing out once again would result in debts of around £90million. Part of that is made up of the £25million they will have to forfeit from their kit manufacturer deal with Adidas.

United currently receive £75million a season from the German brand, but that will drop by a third if they fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second year in a row.

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Television revenue, prize money and gate receipts are also expected to be hit by United's Champions League absence, further damaging the club's financial position.

Fans have also been wary of buying United's new kits with Cristiano Ronaldo's name on the back with the forward's future at the club in doubt.

A source told the Daily Mail: "People have been turning up at the megastore asking where they stand on a potential exchange if Ronaldo does go?

"United did right by supporters last year when he took over the No7 shirt, but with the greatest respect to Edinson Cavani, we’re talking completely different levels here."

Fans were given the chance to exchange shirts last season after Edinson Cavani's shirt number was changed following the signing of Ronaldo.


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