Manchester United Announces Sponsorship with China Construction Bank

  Manchester United Announces Sponsorship with China Construction Bank

First Financial Services Sponsorship within China Provides Exciting
Opportunities to Club's 108 Million Followers in the Country

Business Wire

MANCHESTER, England -- January 15, 2013

NYSE: MANU. The world’s leading football club, Manchester United has today
agreed to a three year sponsorship with one of China’s most prominent banking
groups, China Construction Bank (CCB).

As part of the agreement China Construction Bank will hold the rights
exclusively to produce the official Manchester United branded credit card in
mainland China.

This new partnership is the Club’s first sponsorship with a Chinese bank.

The CCB Manchester United Credit Card is set to be popular with the Club’s
fans in China, offering them a range of exciting benefits including various
Club-related benefits and incentives. CCB will be marketing the Manchester
United Credit Card to its almost 102 million personal banking customers in
Mainland China.

Much like Manchester United CCB has accumulated many accolades, receiving over
30 awards from renowned local and international institutions in the first half
of 2012.

Commenting on the partnership, Manchester United’s Commercial Director,
Richard Arnold, said:

“We are very pleased to be partnering with China Construction Bank to bring
the official Manchester United Credit Card to China. Manchester United has a
huge following in China of 108 million. We know from our visits there,
including to Shanghai last summer, that our Chinese followers have always been
among the most supportive. 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 as a leader in the global economy and the place for
businesses to invest. In 80 major cities in China CCB have almost 60% of all
branches, making them the ideal partner to connect with our fans.

“Together with our TV and mobile partners, financial services products give us
tangible ways of providing real benefits to our fans that enable them to
establish a closer relationship with their favourite team."

As one of the ‘big four’ banks in China, CCB employs over 320,000 employees
and has almost 14,000 domestic branches, as well as overseas branches in
Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, New York, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and

About Manchester United

Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in
the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through
our 135- year heritage we have won 60 trophies, enabling us to develop the
world’s leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers.
Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide
platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including
sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile,
broadcasting and match day.


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