The Red Devils were in line for a lucrative windfall if they could have reached the Champions League semi-finals
Manchester United missed out on a whopping €12MILLION pay day thanks to Philippe Coutinho.
The former Liverpool midfielder managed to get on the scoresheet as Barcelona romped to a 3-0 win over the Red Devils on Tuesday night.
Lionel Messi delivered another reminder of his enduring star quality as Barca quashed United’s hopes of another improbable Champions League comeback at the Nou Camp.
The Red Devils had overcome a two-goal deficit at Paris St Germain last month but Messi’s first-half brace and a wonder strike from Coutinho ushered Barcelona towards a 4-0 aggregate win at the ground of one of the Premier League side’s greatest triumphs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was insistent that the 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich would have no bearing on this quarter-final second leg and his remarks proved accurate.
But if the Premier League side had been able to pull of an incredible comeback, they would have been in line for UEFA’s lucrative prize money for reaching the last four.
As announced at the end of last season, sides in the last four can expect to win €12m, while those who qualify for the final pocket an additional €15million.
To give United credit, they started brightly in Catalonia and could have taken the lead through Marcus Rashford.
When played through by Paul Pogba, the striker hit the bar with a toe poke which would have levelled the tie on aggregate.