Manchester United has signed Malaysia’s leading telecommunications provider, Telekom Malaysia, on a five-year deal to become its Official Integrated Telecommunications Partner in the country.
The partnership will bring online content to MU supporters and TM customers, as well as giving fans the chance to win trips to Old Trafford to watch the team play.
David Gill said: "Our commercial strategy continues to deliver exciting new opportunities. We know that this partnership will help the Club to speak to the millions of fans we have in Malaysia and we are delighted that Telekom Malaysia has developed from the sponsor of our tour match into a fully-fledged partner. We look forward to working with them.
"Anyone who went on our tour of the Far East last summer knows the strength of feeling that Malaysians have for the Club.
"Over 40,000 attended our training session and another 40,000 came to the second match in Kuala Lumpur, despite only having 48 hours’ notice of the fixture."
Director of Commercial, Richard Arnold said: "The Club is at the forefront of building relationships with its fans through digital media and this partnership helps us to maintain that position. Telekom Malaysia know all about the power of the Club to energise people in Malaysia and they have some great ideas about how to bring this deal to life."
Dato’ Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa, Group CEO of Telekom Malaysia said: "We are very happy seeing two champions in their respective fields coming together in a partnership such as this; TM, one of Malaysia's most dynamic and innovative telecoms brand, and Manchester United one the world's most recognised sports brands and successful football clubs.
Also in attendance at a press launch for the partnership were Sherene Azura Azli, Vice President, Group Marketing, for TM; United players Wes Brown, Jonny Evans and John O'Shea, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex commented, "The size of our fan base in Malaysia, and the affection they have for our club, is phenomenal. The statistic that almost 25 per cent of the Malaysian population support Manchester United is staggering, quite incredible.
"I know this will be a fantastic partnership because we share the same ambition, to be the best at what we do. We’re always striving to do that here at United. We’re very much alike in that respect."
For further information on TM, visit www.tm.com.my.