Last December, Manchester United managed to withdraw from the Champions League in Leipzig. This year, thankfully, there was no final group play drama.
The 2-0 win at Villarreal late last month secured United’s place in the last 16 and turned the home clash against Young Boys into a training game.
Prize money unlocked
As a reward for reaching the last 16, Manchester United are set to earn £ 8.2million, reports The mirror.
The last 16 cash prizes were a figure United missed out on in the 2020/21 season after being knocked out in the group stage.
This is on top of the £ 13.4million United earned for reaching the group stages.
Cash prizes are awarded during the group stages for wins and draws. United’s three wins and two draws brought a total of £ 8.8million.
So in total, regardless of what happens next, United have already won £ 30.4million in Champions League prizes this season.
Reaching the quarter-finals would net United an additional £ 9.1million. The semi-finals would then bring in an additional £ 10.8million.
Just reaching the final secures £ 13.4million, and the winners take home £ 3.8million plus £ 3million by qualifying for the UEFA Super Cup. Earn that and an additional £ 1million is unlocked as well.
The trophies are for the glory, and the silverware is what has eluded United in recent years. The prospect of extra money is an added bonus that can be reinvested in the team.
Bad recent record
Since reaching the quarter-finals under David Moyes in 2014, Manchester United have only matched this feat once, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2019.
In the years in between or after, the team failed to qualify for the Champions League in the first place, were knocked out in the group stage, or once in the round of 16 under Jose Mourinho in 2018.
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