Manchester United’s failure to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League would leave a Â£60m hole in the Old Trafford coffers.
The Red Devils know their Champions League fate is again out of their own hands following Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat at West Ham United.
Louis van Gaal’s team must now beat Bournemouth at home this Sunday and hope that fierce rivals Manchester City also lose at Swansea.
United insiders, however, say the true cost of missing out on competing in Europe’s elite competition would deliver a huge financial impact.
The club took a hit of around Â£35m when they last failed to qualify in the 2013-14 season under former boss David Moyes.
It’s estimated, though, the recent injection of TV money will be worth as much as Â£40m to each of the participating English clubs from next season.
That is separate to the cash United would also expect to make from actual UEFA prize money and sold-out attendances at the Theatre of Dreams.
United’s lucrative deal with manufacturers Adidas reportedly also includes a significant reduction on their top line Â£75m-a-year agreement if they do miss out on the top-four.