Manchester United has today (15 January) agreed three-year sponsorship deals with China Construction Bank (CCB) and soft drinks manufacturer Wahaha.
As part of the deal with CCB, the Chinese bank will hold the exclusive rights to produce the official Manchester United branded credit card in mainland China. CCB will market the card to its almost 102 million personal banking customers in mainland China offering a range of United based incentives.
United’s commercial director Richard Arnold said: "Through our relationship with CCB we hope not only to give fans an excellent product, but also bring them closer to the club they so passionately support.
“As China’s fiscal and industrial strength continues to grow, it is establishing itself
Goal of the Week this week is Wayne Rooney’s second v Everton. Rooney is now Manchester United’s fourth highest all-time goalscorer with 180 behind Sir Bobby Charlton (249), Denis Law (237) and Jack Rowley (211).
Our goal of the week is Paul Scholes' v Bolton Wanderers
Paul Scholes provided one of the season's most unexpected twists when he came out of retirement to play in the FA Cup win against Manchester City last week and completed his fairytale return when he scored the crucial opener against Bolton Wanderers in first-half stoppage time - his first senior goal since August 2010.It was his 151st goal for United (in his 678th appearance) moving him into the club’s top ten all-time scorers above Ruud Van Nistelrooy.Having already missed a penalty, Wayne Rooney played an integral role when the deadlock finally was broken. An incisive run and one-two from Nani opened up space in the box, before his lay-off found Rooney who slide the ball across goal, and Scholes took
The 2011-12 season has already seen more additions to the remarkable records held by Ryan Giggs and the Manchester United legend has begun the New Year with another entry to his outstanding collection.
In his first start of the season, Ryan extended his record as the oldest scorer in Champions League history in the draw at Benfica.
In doing so, he also became the first player to score in 16 different Champions League campaigns.
Giggsy ended the year by maintaining his unique record of scoring in every Premier League season in United's win at Fulham on 21 December.
His latest record came in his first game of 2012.
In the Premier League game at Newcastle United on 4 January, he became the first player to start 757 games for United
Performance of the Week: Manchester United
United followed up their 5-0 win at Fulham last week with another 5-0 success, this time against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford, on Boxing Day.The double quintet means that, if United avoid defeat against bottom of the table Blackburn Rovers on New Year’s Eve, they will return to the top of the Premier League table on manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday.United have now hit 16 goals in achieving four successive Premier League victories.They retained their record of having won all Boxing Day matches since 2003. United have the the Premier League’s best record on Boxing Day, winning 15 of their 18 matches.They also maintained their record of scoring in every league and cup game this season.Dimitar
Performance: Manchester City’s 6-1 win at Manchester United
Too early to say if there’s been a seismic shift in power but, in arguably the most amazing result in Premier League history...
- City scored six in a Manchester derby for the first time since 23 January 1926 to equal their biggest ever win at Old Trafford and the biggest margin of victory in a Manchester derby.
- Only their second win at Old Trafford since 1974 ended United’s run of 37 home matches without defeat in all competitions; winning the last 19 in the Premier League.
- United’s heaviest-ever Premier League defeat came eight weeks after their stunning 8-2 win against Arsenal.
- The last time United conceded six in the Premier League was a 6-3 defeat
The Goal of the Week: Nani for Manchester United v Chelsea
- In a game of amazing missed chances, Nani’s outstanding strike gave United a decisive two-goal advantage against their title rivals.
- Displaying instant control from a cross-field pass, a burst of speed left Chelsea pursuers in his wake before unleashing a rising 25-yard thunderbolt that was past Petr Cech before the Blues keeper could blink.
- It was the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder’s 100th Premier League appearance.
- Manchester United have now won the first five games of a Premier League season for the first time and also for the first time in a league season under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Performance of the Week: Wayne Rooney with his second hat-trick in consecutive games.
- All three against Bolton were polished, well-executed finishes.
- After Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Didier Drogba, became the fourth player to score hat-tricks in consecutive Premier League games.
- From his first goal v Arsenal and last v Bolton, Rooney scored six goals in 75 playing minutes.
- Now with a total of eight goals, Manchester City aside, Rooney has now scored more league goals on his own this season than any other club in the Premier League.
- He’s the first United player to score back-to-back league hat-tricks since Alex Dawson in 1960.
Premier League previews for Sunday 28 August:
Manchester United & Arsenal
This will be the 46th time that managers Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have met in Arsenal v United encounters. In all competitions, Sir Alex has won 19 games to Arsene's 15, with 11 drawn (excluding penalty shoot-outs).Manchester United have won 21 of their last 22 Premier League games at Old Trafford.Arsenal have won only two of their 13 Premier League games.
Newcastle United & Fulham
Fulham have lost only one of their last six visits to Newcastle United (all Premier League).Opposition players have been sent-off in three of Newcastle United’s last five Premier League games.Currently standing on 99 losses, Fulham will be trying not to become