Football: United's revenue rises 18% despite league struggles
LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United may be struggling to retain the Premier League title but their "disappointing" form has yet to have an impact on their commercial performance.
Hours before their match away to title contenders Arsenal, United reported commercial income of 42.3 million pounds (S$88.3 million) - up 18 per cent for the quarter and 30 per cent on the year so far.
In the quarter to Dec 31, United initiated six new sponsorship deals, proof of the English football giants' enduring global commercial appeal.
This was despite a poor run of results under new manager David Moyes that has left United in seventh place, a huge 16 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea (57 points) and in danger of missing out on a place in next season's European Champions League.