Football Leaks have done it again.
The controversial website, which has leaked documents relating to Gareth Bale, Anthony Martial and Mesut Ozil, has released Manchester United’s player bonus scheme for the 2009-10 season.
The revelations show that United’s players were in for a huge payday had they lifted the Champions League trophy.
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Lifting the European Cup would have resulted in the first team squad sharing a £5.25 million bonus.
But Sir Alex Ferguson’s team were knocked out by Bayern Munich in the quarter-final, and had to settle for a share of £500,000.
Failure to win the Premier League - United finished second, a point behind Chelsea - cost the first team £1.25m.
As for how much of the bonus each player would receive, United used a points system whereby players earned more points the more minutes they played. Those with the most points received a larger share.
The bonus system was exposed as Football Leaks revealed the contract of former winger Bebe. The Portuguese flop had a signing on bonus which saw him net £500,000 in five separate instalments.
Bebe was signed by United for £7.4m in 2010 despite Ferguson admitting he’d never seen the winger play. His contract was meant to expire last summer but he left Old Trafford for Benfica in 2014.
United lifted just one trophy in 2010; the League Cup. That win, which came via a 2-1 win against Aston Villa, saw the players share £500,000.
However, they missed out on a £1m bonus for winning the FA Cup. United were embarrassingly knocked out in the third round by Leeds United.