United set for new partnership
Manchester United are set for a commercial tie-up with General Motors which is to be announced in the Chinese city of Shanghai on Thursday.
The deal will concern the GM brand Chevrolet and the 19-time English champions, with details to be disclosed at a press conference taking place at midday UK time.
United have a strong market presence as a club in the Far East, with research conducted on behalf of the club showing they have twice as many supporters in the region as Barcelona, their nearest rivals.
The same research, published on Tuesday, also claimed that almost 10% of the world's entire population support Sir Alex Ferguson's team.
The club's commercial director, Richard Arnold, said such global levels of support had helped United's commercial income soar.
Arnold said: "Our family of followers has doubled in five years and across the world this represents a very, very important asset and relationship for the club."