Manchester United Getting Knocked Out Of The Champions League Is Set To Cost Them Millions
Manchester United's early elimination from the Champions League will cost the club a fortune in prize money.
United slipped to a 3-2 defeat against against RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening and it means they'll drop down to the Europa League.
The Athletic have broken down what that means for the Red Devils and straight away, they've lost out on £8.5 million for not reaching the knockout stages.
That is more than winning the Europa League would earn United, with that sum being around £7.7 million.
A spot in the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals would've seen United collect £9.5 million and £11 million respectivley.
Winning the Champions League, however likely it was, would've netted the club £17.3 million.
Leipzig took the lead inside two minutes through Angelino, who fired past fellow Spaniard David de Gea.
Amadou Haidara doubled their lead in the 13th minute and Julian Nagelsmann's side were in cruise control, having a goal disallowed in the first half as well.
A mix-up in the United defence allowed Justin Kluivert to dink over de Gea and give Lepizig an important third goal in the second half.
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Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty and Paul Pogba scored a header to bring the scores to 3-2, making it a nervy finale.
But it was too little too late and Leipzig avenged their 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford on matchday 2.
United captain Harry Maguire spoke following the game and cut a frustrated figure.
"We started the game too slow. It wasn't good enough," he told BT Sport.
"The first 20 minutes we weren't at it. They put two balls in the box and we failed to deal with them.
"We have to look at ourselves, we gave ourselves too much to do. You've seen how close we came at the end but we started too slow and we can't keep falling behind.
"We said on Saturday at half-time, 2-0 down, the next goal is crucial and we said it again tonight. They made it 3-0 and the task becomes even bigger. The third goal proved to be the crucial one but even three down we came close at the end.
"I don't want to look at excuses. We have to go out and be aggressive, win balls. That's the basics. If you can't defend crosses you're going to lose games. I don't want to look at shape - it's not an excuse.
"It's a tough group but we felt we should get through. That's the standards of this club. I'm gutted for everyone, we worked so hard to reach this competition. No matter what group we got it would be tough. We have to do more."
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