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Man Utd close in on bumper £70m a year shirt sponsorship deal to replace Chevrolet

MANCHESTER UNITED are closing in on a new £70million-per-year shirt sponsorship deal.

A mystery American software company is understood to be the front-runner to replace Chevrolet, whose £64m-a-year agreement expires in December.

Sources say talks with the potential new partner are ongoing but the news fits in with the bullish attitude executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward took last week.

And it means Man Utd could end up wearing — and selling — shirts with two different names on the front next season.

Woodward told investors United were confident of bouncing back strongly from the pandemic — despite the club’s debt rising by £64m to £455m in the last three months of 2020.

The Chevrolet deal is the biggest in football and was due to expire at the end of this season.

But United took up the option of extending it by another six months because the pandemic damaged their efforts to find a new backer.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON and David Gill got a nostalgic whiff of the glory days after United ended City's record 21-match winning run with a 2-0 pumping today.

The legendary ex-manager watched on from the executive seats at the Etihad with his old colleague as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team delivered a performance which bore all the characteristics of a Fergie classic.

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Pacey and clinical, it was a reminder of the good times when thrashing their 'noisy neighbours' was a regular occurrence.

United closed the gap on Man City to 11 points at the top of the Premier League table, although Solskjaer played down any talk of a title challenge.

But the Red Devils reinforced their top four credentials with their victory at the Etihad as they now sit eight points clear of fifth place Everton.

Solskjaer says he thinks they're a better Man Utd now than a year ago after their victory against Man City

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