Manchester United stars face huge pay cut

Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera (R) celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal from the penalty spot with Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016.  Manchester United won the match 5-1. / AFP / OLI SCARFF

Manchester United’s players are facing a massive pay cut if they don’t qualify for next season’s Champions League, reports have suggested.

The Times claim players will lose out on an estimated £500,000 each if they don’t finish in the top four of the Premier League.

United are currently a point off fourth-placed Manchester City after a run of four wins in five games, but face a trickier game this weekend as they go to Tottenham while City host West Brom.

There is a scenario in which even a top four finish wouldn’t guarantee Champions League football next campaign.

If Manchester City win the competition this term and Liverpool win the Europa League but both teams finish outside the top four, they will both automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League alongside the top three teams in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, United have been told they must stump up a huge fee for Juventus defender Alex Sandro, according to reports.

Italian outlet Calciomercato, cited by the Express, claim United and rivals Manchester City are both interested in the Brazil international, but they must cough up some serious cash if Juventus are to be tempted into selling.

Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte say the 25-year-old has a release clause of £40million and won’t be allowed to leave for anything less than that amount.

Juventus are also expected to lose Paul Pogba in the summer with Manchester City heavily linked the France international.