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Manchester United and Uber announce global partnership

  • In a first for the club, Manchester United have announced their partnership with controversial app Über 
  • There is to be a "dedicated Uber zone" to be created at Old Trafford

Manchester United and Uber today announced their global partnership, the first of its kind for the football club.

The two partners are hoping the partnership "will enhance fans’ matchday experience" at Old Trafford and how they connect with the club on a global scale.

As part of the partnership, a dedicated Uber pick-up and drop off zone will be set up at Old Trafford, creating a convenient and safe way for all fans to travel to and from games, with just a few taps of their smartphone.

Old Trafford
Old Trafford
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Over the next several months, Uber will also connect fans in over 30 countries around the world to Manchester United through a number of experiences, including behind-the scenes content, bringing fans together on match days wherever they are watching, and sending riders and drivers to the Club’s famous Theatre of Dreams.

Manchester United’s group managing director, Richard Arnold commented on the partnership: “Manchester United is always looking at ways in which we can improve our fans’ experience and our relationship with Uber will allow us to do this in new and exciting ways.

“Supporters will tell you that the journey to and from a game, whether they are watching it at Old Trafford or another venue on the other side of the world, is an important part of the matchday experience, contributing to the build-up and anticipation of the day.

"Working with Uber we will look to enhance this experience for our 659 million followers, both home and abroad, by bringing them the spirit of Old Trafford and Manchester United through various experiences and interactive campaigns.”

Amy Friedlander Hoffman, head of business development at Uber added: “Uber makes it easier for people around the world to connect to what they care about and now we’re excited to give that connection to Manchester United fans.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Manchester United to not only make match day transportation more seamless, but to deliver fans incredible experiences throughout the season, no matter where they are supporting from."

What do you think of this new partnership? Is this a good move for the fans, or is it yet another way the club can exploit its fans? Let us know in the comments: