The Mirror is reporting that United are set to to announce a world-record kit deal with Nike worth more than £600m over a 10-year period.
That is almost double the current best kit manufacturing deal, which sees Real Madrid earn £31m from their arrangement with adidas.
United’s current Nike is worth £23.5m-a-season, which is less than what Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona and Liverpool currently earn.
The deal is a big boost to United and the future of the club, even without Champions League football next season.
Man United boss David Moyes said he was not willing to take any more chances with Robin Van Persie and he hauled the player off after he just escaped a second yellow card.
Van Persie reacted with disappointment when his number came up on the fourth official’s board, shaking his head before sauntering off the pitch.
The United boss insisted his striker was always aware that he would not play the full game, however.
“Robin knew exactly what was happening. I told him. I walked over and told him that I was going to have to take him off,” the United manager said.
Manchester United kept their push for a top four finish alive with a 3-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. Goals from Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck gave United back-to-back league wins for the first time since December, following their 2-0 success at Crystal Palace last month.
Victory took the defending champions to within nine points of fourth-placed Manchester City, although they have played two more games, while Pepe Mel’s West Brom remain a point above the relegation zone in 17th place.
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These are not the types of records that you want to be breaking in your first year as Manchester United manager.
Sep. 22: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United:
United equal their heaviest defeat at the Etihad Stadium. It is their joint biggest loss away to City since 1989.
Sept. 28L: Manchester United 1-2 West Bromwich Albion:
United lose at Old Trafford to Albion for the first time in 35 years, since Ron Atkinson’s Baggies beat United 5-3 in 1978. United are 12th after making their worst start to a league season since 1989-90.
One of the subplots to Manchester United‘s disappointing story has been the fractured relationship between Robin van Persie and David Moyes. Last season Fergie put his faith in RVP to lead United to the title, at the expense of his relationship with Wayne Rooney, and van Perise responded by leading the club to its 20th league title.
Fergie left over the summer and David Moyes decide to back Wayne Rooney, meeting with the England striker several times before taking over the United job.
United’s 2-0 defeat to a very average Olympiacos side has all but ended any hope that David Moyes has of winning the Champions League this season.
In Greece on Tuesday United were pitiful. No energy, enthusiasm or tempo combined in the worst United performance I can ever remember. And what did the Man United boss say about the Greek tragedy?
“That’s the worst we have played in Europe,” the United manager said.
“It was a really poor performance. We never really got going from the start and we didn’t deserve anything because of the way we played.
Having sold Kostas Mitroglou to Fulham in January, Olympiacos became heavily reliant on the form of evergreen Javier Saviola, but the Argentinian is out of the first leg due to a thigh injury. That leaves Olympiacos with just two fit strikers in 21-year-old Michael Olaitan and Nelson Valdez, who moved to the Greek club from Al-Jazira in January.
United have won all four of their games against Olympiacos, but midfielder Ryan Giggs reckons they will still be formidable opponents.
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Robin van Persie has said that the UEFA Champions League is so wide open this year that ten of the remaining 16 teams have a chance of lifting the trophy.
After going through the group stages unbeaten, Manchester United return to Champions League action in the knockout stages on Tuesday when they travel to Olympiacos for the first leg of their last-16 tie. United are big favourites to progress, but Van Persie knows a big club like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich could be lying in wait for them in the quarter-finals.
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David Moyes was quick to praise Wayne Rooney for his “exquisite” strike, a curling effort on Patrice Evra’s low cross that rattled Tony Pulis’ Palace players and quietened the home fans in the 68th minute.
The Scot was suitably delighted to have secured the striker’s services amid persistent enquiries from the likes of Chelsea.
He said: “He’s a really important player and you think about the amount of clubs who wanted to sign him.
“He would have been too difficult to replace. There aren’t enough top players out there that you can get cheaply or easily.
Wayne Rooney agreed a new £300,000-per-week deal to keep him at Old Trafford until 2019 and duly followed up Robin van Persie’s penalty to rubber-stamp United’s first league win in four attempts.
Manager David Moyes told Rooney he had “gone soft” before the start of the season but the striker claimed he never gives anything less than “110 per cent” for the Manchester side.
“I’ve been trying to do well for the team and trying to help us win,” he told Sky Sports 1. “Whether I’m signing a new deal or not I always give 110 per cent on the pitch and that’s what I’ve done today.