MANCHESTER UNITED’S stars will be hit in the pocket for failing to do their duties off the pitch.
Jose Mourinho’s side have shown improvement in recent weeks after a nightmare start to the campaign.
But some have failed to appear for a sponsor commitment and it’s landed them in hot water.
Football Operations and Communications Consultant Ian McGarry revealed the news on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast.
He said: “There was a sponsors event which they didn’t turn up to – the player’s that is – some of them are now facing fines as a result of that.”
“There are 12 first-team players out of contract next summer”
But McGarry doesn’t think that’s the major problem at United.
He added: “The underlying factor is there are 12 first-team players out of contract next summer.
“We’ve spoken on this podcast in recent times about the folly of Chelsea allowing Thibaut Courtois to run into the last year of his contract and Aaron Ramsey being in the same situation at Arsenal.
“If you’re in a dressing room – speaking to players on a daily basis and dealing with situations regarding recruitment, I’ve got experience of how this works – it’s a very unsettling situation when you’ve got highly-paid professional athletes whose contracts are running down and there are no plans to meet and renegotiate or even begin to speak about renewing contracts.
“And I genuinely believe that’s having an unsettling affect in the Manchester United dressing room because even if you believe those players are suitable or deserving of an upgraded contract or not, nothing is happening, no one is talking.”
Fellow podcast guest Duncan Castles said of United manager Mourinho: “The key point is he’s under pressure, he’s fighting for his life.
“He is pushing Ed Woodward, the board, the Glazers to get reinforcements as soon as possible, to be allowed to sign the high-quality, experienced leader centre-back he’s been asking for months and months and trying to do in the January window.
“The club has come up with a list of proposals for the position that Mourinho is not convinced about.
“He’s been scouting some of them in person and proposing other players.”
Chris Smalling believes Manchester United’s revival is being inspired by the rediscovery of the resilience that was the hallmark of their golden era under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Bournemouth was the third time in four matches that United have recovered from a losing position, grabbing the winner in the second minute of stoppage time on this occasion.
Former manager Ferguson was renowned for nurturing the club’s young talent, and it was a former trainee in Marcus Rashford who scored the winner at the Vitality Stadium, having proven so central to this latest recovery.
Referring to those once-famous characteristics, Smalling, 28, said: “We’re showing that attitude, never giving in and you can see that coming out.