The United hierarchy has requested a 20 per cent reduction in wages from their first-team squad, although reports suggests that some summer signings have been made exempt from the move.
Micky Mellon brought in defender Ryan Edwards and midfielder Jeando Fuchs on big-money deals this summer, while they also brokered a loan moves for Reading striker Marc McNulty and Manchester City wide-man Luke Bolton.
United were amongst the first clubs to place their players on furlough leave and took up the Government scheme option on April 1 at the height of the pandemic, and now they are said to be seeking a similar saving due to a lack of matchday income.
The perilous situation at Tannadice may alert clubs looking to swoop for some of their key assets. Scotland striker Lawrence Shankland has numerous admirers after his exploits in the Championship, while youngster Logan Chalmers and goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist are attracting attention following some impressive performances this season.
It is understood that no agreement between the players and the club has been reached yet.
Football finances are already in focus with the furlough scheme coming to a close at the end of the month, on Saturday, with clubs continuing to operate with no gate income and relying on pay-per-view television support from their fans.
Earlier today, Peterhead FC have announced redundancies at Balmoor and the news from the Tangerines tonight sets out a similarly bleak landscape for clubs without crowds.