United were in prime position to take third spot in the table on Monday night, but a last-gasp equaliser from Southampton demoted them immediately to 5th position.
This actually ensures United the Europa League for next season, but not a Champions League spot.
However, if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champion League Manchester United, they would also lose out on a massive £25million amount from kit sponsors Adidas,reports.
United have a mega-money £75m-a-year agreement with the sportswear company, but with a provision which is sure to be troubling the club’s leadership right now.
If United fail to qualify for Europe’s top competition for a second consecutive season, Adidas does not have to spend £25 m of the £75 m this season.
This will essentially bring the contract down to only £50 m, an amount way below the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.
This is unfortunate because United’s £75m-a-season Adidas deal was the biggest in British football history until recently.
In January, Everton reached an £80m-a-season arrangement with Adidas and thus overcame United in having the largest sponsorship in the Premier League.