PAUL POGBA and David de Gea are pushing for massive pay rises amid fears they could be hit in the pocket if Manchester United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
If United are not playing in Europe’s elite club competition next term, all squad members including Pogba and De Gea will see their money automatically cut by 25 per-cent.
The win over West Ham last Saturday sees Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side trail fourth-place Arsenal by two points with five games remaining.
United have qualified for the Champions League every season since Pogba returned to the club in 2016 so the France midfielder has not suffered the indignity of a pay cut.
However, De Gea experienced one in the 2016-17 season when they were in the Europa League under Jose Mourinho.
United will not remove the clause from their players’ contracts.
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The Times report Pogba and De Gea’s representatives are looking for higher basic salaries to mitigate the cut if it happens in the future once they potentially pen new deal if Solskjaer’s side fails to finish in the top four.
The pair are being tracked by Real Madrid so United are desperate to extend contracts that are due to end in one and two years respectively.
United go to Goodison Park on Sunday lunchtime to face Everton looking to go a point clear of the Gunners who welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates later in the day.