Manchester United adds to riches in deal with Russian airline Aeroflot


Manchester United keeps getting richer and richer.

Today the Old Trafford club announced that they have sealed a deal with Russian airline Aeroflot to act as the club’s official carrier.

Aeroflot replaces Turkish Airlines as the 13th global sponsor for United. While the specific numbers of the deal have yet to be released, a club source said that the new arrangement offered better terms for United.

Manchester United’s Group managing director, Richard Arnold explained that the agreement was a landmark moment for United: “Today’s announcement marks the club’s first commercial venture in Russia, an expanding market we are keen to explore further.”

As is the case more often than not, the deal is about reaching new audiences as Arnold noted that United has “close to 18 million followers in Russia, demonstrating the partnerships potential audience in the country.”

The deal with Aeroflot also reflects the increasing investment of Russian companies in European soccer, with companies such as natural gas behemoth, Gazprom, already backing a number of European clubs such as Chelsea and Schalke 04, as well as the Champions League itself. “We believe that such a great club as Manchester United will help us to promote our brand worldwide,” said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev.

Interestingly, United will not actually fly on the Russian carrier as Aeroflot does not fly in and out of Manchester. Instead, Aeroflot will advise United on their travel arrangements throughout Europe and Asia, as well as promote itself on pitch-side advertising boards at Old Trafford.

The Aeroloft deal comes on the heels of a number of new sponsorship deals for United, which includes a seven year, $559 million dollar agreement that the club struck with General Motors to take over as the main shirt sponsor.

Adding to the intrigue for United supporters was Wayne Rooney’s presence during the sponsorship ceremony. The striker has been the source of constant transfer speculation throughout the summer and has yet to confirm his desire to remain at United with Moyes at the helm.


Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.