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Manchester United knocked out of Champions League… and how it will cost them

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Manchester United have been knocked out of the Champions League after losing at RB Leipzig, a defeat that will prove especially costly for the Premier League side.

United fell to a 3-2 defeat in Germany on Tuesday night, meaning they finished on nine points in Group H.

PSG’s game with Istanbul Basaksehir is suspended, but even if the Parisians went on to lose they would finish on nine points too and have a superior head-to-head record than United, putting them through.

RB Leipzig have also advanced from the group after Tuesday night’s win.

The Champions League exit means United will now be braced for a significant drop in revenue, all the more pronounced amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
What happened in Leipzig?

RB Leipzig opened the scoring within the opening two minutes through Angelino, before Amadou Haidara doubled Leipzig’s lead 11 minutes later with a volley.

Justin Kluivert then added a third in the second-half. United scored twice late on through Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba but were unable to level the game.
How much prize money will United lose?


A point tonight would have taken United into the knockout stages, earning them £8.5 million.

That’s nearly £1 million more than winning the whole Europa League, which is worth £7.7 million to the side that lifts the trophy.

A quarter-final place in the Champions League is worth £9.5 million, a semi-final spot a further £11 million.

Winning the Champions League for the first time since 2008 would meanwhile have earned United a hefty £17.3 million.
What about sponsorship and commercial rights?

Being knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage does not impact United’s deal with kit makers Adidas.

They would have been able to knock £25 million off their £75 million annual payment if they had failed to qualify for the competition last season, as it would have been a second season in a row without Champions League football.

The deal with shirt sponsors Chevrolet is not impacted by their exit. In fact, the terms of that do not change unless United get relegated.
What is United’s current financial situation?

United’s first-quarter financial results were published last month and showed that the club’s revenue was £109 million, down 19.5 per cent compared with the same quarter last year.

Matchday revenue fell significantly to £1.7 million — as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic — while commercial revenue dropped 25.7 per cent, to £59.7 million.

Broadcast revenue was up, however, as a result of Premier League matches being played in July.

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