• If Manchester United reach the group stage, they will earn £9.92million
  • If they lifted the trophy in Milan next year, they’d make at least £40million
  • Manager Louis van Gaal has conceded this adds to the pressure of his job 
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Pa Reporter

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he is under intense pressure to qualify for the Champions League – and when you look at the financial figures involved, it is easy to see why.

Should Van Gaal lead United to victory in their two-legged play-off against Club Bruges, they will earn a place in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

Should they make it all the way to the final and lift the trophy in Milan next May, they could secure over £40million in prize money alone.

Louis van Gaal could earn big money for Manchester United by steering them into the Champions League

Louis van Gaal could earn big money for Manchester United by steering them into the Champions League

United's players train ahead of the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Club Bruges

United’s players train ahead of the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Club Bruges

If United reach the group stages of the competition by beating Bruges over two legs, they'd make £10million

If United reach the group stages of the competition by beating Bruges over two legs, they’d make £10million

United would receive £9.92million just for beating the Belgian side and qualifying for the group phase.

Up to £6.4million could be won, depending on performances, in the group stage and qualifying for the last 16 brings an additional prize of £3.9million.

Another £4.3million follows for quarter-final qualification and, should United reach the last four, they will gain another £5million. 

If Van Gaal masterminded United's way out of the groups and into the last 16, United would receive £3.9million

If Van Gaal masterminded United’s way out of the groups and into the last 16, United would receive £3.9million

United's first leg  is at Old Trafford on Tuesday, with the return leg in Belgium scheduled for August 26

United’s first leg is at Old Trafford on Tuesday, with the return leg in Belgium scheduled for August 26

The winners of the showpiece final in Milan will bag a £10.7million prize.

An additional chunk of the £343million of television income would also go to the club, depending on their performances and those of their English peers in the competition.

 


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