Manchester United GM Deal: Football and British engineering talent make strange bedfellows image

Chevrolet’s deal to sponsor Manchester United continues to make the headlines.

The deal was reported to have been among the reasons why General Motors’ global marketing chief left the company and now the team’s no-nonsense boss Sir Alex Ferguson has banned his young players from driving their new sponsor’s iconic supercar.

Neil Custis, writing in The Sun, reported that to celebrate the £210m, seven-year deal, Chevrolet “told United’s first team they could each have any Chevrolet motor they fancied. Almost all of them opted for Corvettes like the top-of-the-range 638 horsepower sports model.

 

“Youngsters like Phil Jones, 20, Chris Smalling, 22, Rafael da Silva, 22, and Danny Welbeck, 21, will have to settle for something more sedate”
– Neil Custis, The Sun

“But Fergie ruled that no one under 23 could have one of the 205mph supercars. It means youngsters like Phil Jones, 20, Chris Smalling, 22, Rafael da Silva, 22, and Danny Welbeck, 21, will have to settle for something more sedate.

 

“Only older Reds who are more experienced drivers, like Rio Ferdinand, 33, will be allowed behind the wheel of a £70,000 Corvette, which goes from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds.

“Maybe Fergie remembers ex-United winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s lucky escape when he crashed a £200,000 Ferrari in 2009. But in addition to safety concerns, the manager is well known for not letting his young stars get too flash.”

Better restrict them to a £8,500 Spark, then.