Manchester United could lose almost £50million in revenue after failing to qualify for this season’s Champions League.
The true cost of not finishing in the top four will be revealed tomorrow when the Reds release financial results for the first quarter of 2014/15.
Revenue is expected to fall by £38million and £48m this campaign as failure to reach the Champions League will hit the Old Trafford side heavily in the pocket.
The club have estimated revenues will fall this season by between £38million and £48m, a drop of between 8.77 per cent and 11 per cent on last season’s overall revenue figure of £433m, a direct result of not being in Europe.
And the publication of the club’s first quarter results for the financial year 2014-15 should provide accurate figures about an overall percentage drop in income.
Broadcasting revenue will suffer due to no money at all coming in from UEFA – it was worth €44.7million (£35.7m) to United in 2013-14 while matchday income will be affected because there will be no European matches compared to 10 last season which were worth around £20m combined.
The first quarterly figures, covering the three months ending September 30, 2014, will be announced around noon on Tuesday with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward taking part in a conference call with investors an hour later.
The announcement will also show how much United have been able to soften the financial blow of missing out on Europe in terms of the club’s steady rise in income from sponsorship and other commercial deals.
The figures should also provide indications on the extent to which the club’s overall wage bill has risen compared to a year ago following the spate of new signings by manager Louis van Gaal.