New Manchester United manager to be given just £50m to spend if Ralf Rangnick fails to seal Champions League spot

Erik Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino are Manchester United’s top targets (Picture: Getty)

Mauricio Pochettino or Erik Ten Hag could have just £50million to spend at Old Trafford this summer if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The board are expected to hold talks with both managers in the coming weeks after the board decided the Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax bosses were their two top picks.

However, while both parties will be keen to impress, they’ll be less pleased to hear they could have just £50m to spend if they are appointed this summer.

That’s if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League, which they can do by finishing fourth or winning the competition this term.

United are in fourth…just (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

United currently occupy the fourth spot but Arsenal trail the Red Devils by two points and have three matches in hand.

The Telegraph claim the new manager will have around £80m to spend if United to claim a Champions League spot but that kitty will be lowered to closer to £50m if they fail.

That is unlikely to please United fans, who have watched a side needing investment in midfield and attack this term.

United spent £120m on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane last summer but Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani are all set to leave the club this summer.

The side badly need investment in central midfield, while a central striker is also likely to be a priority.

But United are still dealing with the financial effects of the pandemic and they announced an 8% increase in debt last week, with debt now at £494.8m.

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