United secure deals for two Chinese sponsors

LONDON (AP) - Manchester United agreed Tuesday two new sponsorship deals with a prominent Chinese bank and soft-drink manufacturer as the English Premier League club look to capitalise on their status in Asia.

The three-year deals with China Construction Bank and beverage producer Wahaha are a sign of United's mass appeal in a country where they are believed to have 108 million supporters.

The club's agreement with Wahaha has seen the company become United's first official soft-drink partner. Meanwhile, the bank will offer an official United branded credit card.