Coronavirus: Man Utd confident no player wage cuts needed

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Manchester United are confident they are under no pressure to ask players to take pay cuts despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Juventus have already cut wages to cope with the football shutdown, in a move which would save the club €90 million. Europe's top leagues and UEFA club competitions have been suspended indefinitely with no indication yet about when they might be able to restart.

However, United believe their financial position means they will not imminently have to ask players to defer part of their salaries, although there is an acceptance the situation is fluid and will have to be monitored.

United have 25 global sponsorship partners, including Chevrolet, Adidas, AON and Kohler, as well as a series of regional partners, that generate more than £200m in income each season.

Clubs that rely more heavily on matchday and broadcast revenue are more vulnerable during a sustained period with no football, but for United it only makes up around half of their earnings each year.

United are confident it will help them resist implementing wage cuts for as long as possible while they remain committed to playing the season to a conclusion. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad are continuing to train at home while they wait for the green light to return to their Carrington training base.

United have 11 Premier League games left to play, as well as an FA Cup tie with Norwich and the Europa League round-of-16 second leg against LASK Linz.

"Hopefully things will get better very soon and we will get back to the game," midfielder Paul Pogba said. "Hopefully we can show you guys we are ready and we want to go back to win trophies.

"Stay connected, stay safe and we'll be back on the pitch soon."