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Monday, May 5, 2008

United get £250k each for double

Manchester United's players will each earn a £250,000 bonus if they do the Double. The jackpot for winning the Premier League and Champions League was agreed with the club's owners, the Glazers, last summer. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co could all but seal the title today if Chelsea lose at Newcastle. And then they face the Blues in the Champions League final in Moscow on May 21. Even if Chelsea win at St James' Park, Alex Ferguson's side will be crowned champions again if they triumph at Wigan on Sunday.
Neil Custis, The Sun

Two wins for two trophies

Wes Brown says the Reds are well aware of the challenges that lie ahead in the final two games of the season, but believes the chance to win two trophies at the end of them will drive the players to glory.

Victory at Wigan next Sunday will guarantee a tenth Premier League title, although a win for Newcastle over Chelsea on Monday will also ensure such a feat.

The Reds then head to Moscow for a showdown with Avram Grant's men on 21 May in the Champions League final. And Brown says the players are determined to ensure there is cause for a double celebration at the season finale.

"Two more wins and we've got two trophies. That's what we're aiming for," he told MUTV.

"We've played well all season. To throw it away now would be very disappointing.

"We know the title is ours if we win at Wigan and we're all looking forward to Moscow. It won't be easy, but we want both trophies and we'll do everything we can to get them."