Man Utd’s nominal prize money for Carabao Cup final win revealed which wouldn’t cover a week’s wages for some
It wouldn’t cover a week’s pay for some Manchester United’s reward money for winning the Carabao Cup has been disclosed.
United defeated Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley on Sunday to win the Carabao Cup and end a six-year trophy drought.
Erik ten Hag’s men took the lead thanks to Casemiro’s powerful midfield play, which was followed by an own goal by Sven Botman.
It was United’s first piece of silverware since winning the Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2017, and with the club still competing in the FA Cup, Europa League, and Premier League this season, it may be the first of many.
Following the game, Ten Hag told Sky Sports: “That wasn’t always the best football, but it worked. First and foremost, you must win the first [trophy]. This will give us a lot of motivation, but it will also give us more confidence that we can do it.
“We are still in a start to restore Man Utd to where they belong, which is winning trophies and this is the first one.
“I said before the game, Rafa Varane, Casemiro, David de Gea, they know how to win trophies. You need such lads on the pitch to point the team, to coach them, to organise, not only from a tactical prospect but especially mentally. The winning attitude, they have to bring it in the dressing room, in the team in different situations and they’ve done that.”
While the triumph has psychological significance, it has not resulted in huge financial rewards for United.
According to the Mirror, winning the Carabao Cup earned United only £100,000 in prize money, which would barely cover half a week’s salaries for some of the club’s biggest earners.
Conversely, the Saudi-backed Newcastle will receive only £50,000 for reaching the competition’s final. Nonetheless, the team will receive an equal share of the gate receipts from Wembley Stadium, where 87,306 spectators were present.
Nottingham Forest and Southampton, both of whom were eliminated in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, each received £25,000 in compensation.
Every other competitor, including the four eliminated quarter-finalists, received no prize money but will get money from gate proceeds.
To put this in context, a club earns more than £50 million before kicking a ball in the Champions League. This figure does not include UEFA’s solidarity contributions from its broadcasting pool.