Manchester United are having to cough up big to pay-out former manager Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom team.

The Daily Star Sunday says United must pay out almost £5m in compensation to Ferguson's staff when the ­manager retired in May.

Fergie's successor, David Moyes, brought in his own backroom staff, including Phil Neville from Everton and his old Goodison No.2 Steve Round.

That meant the Old Trafford club had to reach a financial settlement with assistant-boss Mike Phelan, coach René Meulensteen and ­goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.