Man Utd and Erik ten Hag deal huge £50m financial blow to rivals Liverpool

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Man Utd secured Champions League football with a convincing win over Chelsea on Thursday

Manchester United claimed a comfortable 4-1 win over Chelsea on Thursday night to seal their place in next season’s Champions League - and have dealt a financial blow to rivals Liverpool in the process.

Erik ten Hag’s side were the only team who could still be overtaken by Liverpool but victory at Old Trafford meant the Red Devils moved to third and out of reach of the Anfield outfit.

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In findings by the Mirror, United’s win is set to cost Liverpool at least £50m in Champions League prize money next season.

The Reds earned £60m from this season’s Champions League despite being knocked out in the round of 16 by Real Madrid.

All teams who reach the group stage are paid £13.5m while each group stage win is worth £2.4m with an additional £8.3m paid to clubs who reach the knockout stages. Teams are also paid coefficient payments, with Liverpool’s this year worth just over £23m.

United will earn more UEFA prize money for just reaching the group stage than they will have done for reaching the Europa League quarter-finals this season.

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The Red Devils pocketed £13m from the competition after losing to Sevilla in the last eight as a Europa League entry fee is worth £3m and each victory in the group stage earning £313k.

The Mirror also report United lost out on several million in sponsorship deals due to their failure to reach the top four last season due to clauses in commercial contracts but it remains to be seen if Liverpool could suffer a similar impact on that front.

After Thursday’s win, Bruno Fernandes aimed a dig at Liverpool.

“We know that means a lot, for us it’s about getting our goals completed so we did,” he told Sky Sports.

“Obviously we knew they [the fans] would be happy for Liverpool to not be there but for us it’s not about that, it’s getting the best we can for ourselves because we have to look after ourselves.”

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