Louis van Gaal will reportedly miss out on a huge bonus if he fails to deliver Champions League football – but may receive an even bigger one if he is sacked by Manchester United.
Speculation surrounding the future of the Dutchman has been constant, with rumours linking Jose Mourinho to the job at Old Trafford next season.
The Times reports however that in order to sack Van Gaal, the club would need to pay him around £5million.
In addition to this, they reveal clauses in his £8million annual package which includes a £400k bonus for an FA Cup win, with an additional £2m coming in loyalty payments, £1.6m for image rights and the remaining £1.1m a reward for ensuring United qualify for the Champions League.
The former Barcelona and Bayern boss has been in charge for 73 games at Old Trafford, winning just 37 and drawing 19, although he did manage to deliver a top-four finish last season.
Manchester United sit in fifth place in the Premier League, four points behind rivals Manchester City with a game in hand.
The 64-year-old re-iterated earlier in the month that he believes he will be manager of the Red Devils next season.
“I knew it would be like this. That’s why they hired me and we spoke about it. We always knew that the process would take three years. I wanted to sign only for two years.
“The club wanted me to sign for three years, not me. I signed for three years – so next year you will see me again” he was quotes as saying in the Guardian.
“Every week for six months I have been ‘sacked’ – and yet I am still here. But this has happened to me at every club I have been at.”
“I am a realistic man and so I only speak about facts. I can’t say again ‘if, if’. The facts count and the fact is we are in the FA Cup final, the fact is we were in the Champions League, that we didn’t do last year. The fact is we went further in the Capital One Cup and so on.”