On Saturday, table-topping Liverpool became the fifth Premier League club to announce a furlough, accessing the government’s job retention scheme, which means the public purse will cover 80 percent of wages.
There has been considerable criticism from former players, who believe the safety net is not being used as intended.
Liverpool announced a £42 million ($51 million) pre-tax profit in February.
Britain’s Press Association said City’s stance was approved and staff informed before Liverpool’s position became public.
“We can confirm, following a decision by the chairman and board last week, that Manchester City will not be utilising the UK government’s coronavirus job retention scheme,” the club said in a statement.
“We remain determined to protect our people, their jobs and our business whilst at the same time doing what we can to support our wider community at this most challenging time for everybody.”
Gary Lineker, speaking to the BBC on Sunday, also appeared to question the clubs’ actions.
“The big clubs, you’d have thought, would have been savvy enough to perhaps try to help more of their workers when players are earning so much money,” he said.
But Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly supported the club’s move.
“The use of the furlough scheme maintains that commitment (to treat staff fairly) and it ensures that all lower-paid staff who run a variety of contracts will continue to receive 100 per cent of their wage. That’s got to be seen as a positive,” the group said in a statement.