Patrice Evra : leaves United to join Juventus

Patrice Evra is leaving Manchester United and has agreed to join Juventus after eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, the club has confirmed.

In a message to United fans on, Patrice said: "After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave Manchester United. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart."

Evra made 379 appearances for United and scored 10 goals during nine successful seasons at Old Trafford, proving himself to be a hugely popular figure with team-mates and fans alike for his passion and commitment to the club.

The Frenchman joined United in January 2006 from Monaco, where, aged only 24, he became captain and appeared in the 2004 Champions League final. He arrived in Manchester with a reputation as an intelligent, attacked-minded full-back.

Initially he struggled to acclimatise to life in the Premier League and on his debut, a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City, he was substituted at half-time. But after six months he began to make the left-back position his own ahead of Gabriel Heinze and helped the Reds clinch the league title in 2006/07. After that, he never looked back and was always among United's top five appearance-makers in any given season.

Evra won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the Champions League and Club World Cup. He was named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year three times (2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10) and in 2009 he made the UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA FIFPro World XI. He also deputised as United captain in the absence of Nemanja Vidic.

Everyone at Manchester United would like to thank Patrice for his service and we wish him well in the future at his new club.

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United States 2014 Tour: United reveal 25-man tour squad

Louis van Gaal has named a 25-man Manchester United travelling squad for Tour 2014, presented by Aon.

As the boss explained during his unveiling press conference at Old Trafford on Thursday, he is keen to assess every member of the group during this summer's trip. Alongside the first-team players, a host of young Reds will subsequently fly to the United States.

New signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw are also part of the travelling party, but Michael Carrick will unfortunately miss the trip following his ankle surgery this week.

The Reds will play four matches during Tour 2014, presented by Aon, beginning with a match against LA Galaxy in the Chevrolet Cup on 23 July. Further matches in the International Champions Cup will follow against AS Roma in Denver (26 July), Inter Milan in Washington DC (29 July) and Real Madrid in Ann Arbor (2 August).

Every tour match will be shown live on MUTV HD and you can also follow's live tour blog from Saturday, bringing you news, photos and videos from inside the first-team camp. Please note that the squad numbers worn by each player on tour are not necessarily permanent for the new season.

Tour 2014 squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Johnstone, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Blackett, M Keane, James, Herrera, Cleverley, Fletcher, Young, Zaha, Kagawa, Mata, Valencia, Nani, Lingard, Welbeck, Rooney, W Keane.

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Manchester United home kit 2014/15: now on sale

The new Manchester United home kit went on sale on Wednesday - but one lucky Reds supporter managed to grab hers before anyone else in the world.

Our official Twitter account @ManUtd asked Fred the Red to hide in a secret location at Old Trafford with just one shirt that would be awarded to the first person to find the beloved United mascot.

Stretford End season ticket holder Ella Glaesener was the winner, beating off the crowds to win her prize just one minute into the search. But as the German-born Red revealed afterwards, she had one particular advantage that played into her hands.

“I live on Sir Matt Busby Way and didn’t have to be at work until 10 o’clock,” she said. “So I thought I would come down to the stadium and look for the shirt after I saw the initial tweet. I can’t believe that I’ve won and I’m looking forward to wearing my new shirt.

“I really like this season’s design, too,” Ella continued. “The new collar is really nice, as well as the sleeves. For me, it looks much better than last year’s kit and I’m happy that I’ve got mine before anyone else."

As for the new season, Ella is excited by what the future has in store: “I am really looking forward to the Louis van Gaal era because I was really impressed by his performance at the World Cup and his no-nonsense approach. It’s exciting for every United fan.”

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United: Adidas £750m deal agreed

Manchester United have announced the agreement of a 10-year, 750-million-pound ($1.28 billion) contract with adidas -- the biggest deal in sports-licensing history.

The confirmation follows last week's news that Nike will stop producing United shirts after this coming season.

Nike confirmed Tuesday that it was bowing out of negotiations over paying for the right to manufacture the kit, refusing to match the offer put forward by adidas, which will net the club a minimum of 75 million pounds ($128 million) a year.

A statement on United's website said, "Manchester United plc has reached agreement with adidas for a global technical sponsorship and dual branded licensing deal for a minimum guarantee of GBP 750 million, subject to certain adjustments, beginning with the 2015-2016 campaign.

"For the 2014-15 season, Nike will continue in its role of technical sponsor and trademark licensee."

In a statement last week, Nike spokesman Nigel Powell said United were "a great club with passionate fans" and added: "We are proud to have partnered them for the last 12 years and will continue to sponsor the club until the end of the 2014-15 season.

"Any partnership with a club or federation has to be mutually beneficial, and the terms that were on offer for a renewed contract did not represent good value for Nike's shareholders. We look forward to a successful final season with the club."

Last Monday, Nike unveiled the new United home kit with a new sponsor logo. Chevrolet is paying about $90 million a year for a seven-season partnership that starts this season.

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Ryan Giggs: Don't retire no.11

Ryan Giggs has insisted Manchester United should not contemplate retiring the no.11 shirt in his honour.

Other clubs have paid similar tributes, including West Ham for Bobby Moore, Cologne for Lukas Podolski and AC Milan for Paolo Maldini - the Italian club will reportedly only reissue the no.3 jersey if one of the legendary defender's sons plays for them.

When asked by MUTV if United should retire his number in the wake of his retirement, Giggs replied: "No. There are obviously special cases but it just depends on the club really. I don't think it's [right] for United where they constantly churn over great players.

"I haven't thought about who will take over the number 11 shirt - that's a good question.

"They're under pressure, aren't they?!" he joked, before adding: "I look forward to seeing who takes it and wish them all the best."

Giggs also recalled how he gained the shirt number he made his own during his glorious 23 years in the United first team.

"I wore number seven for a few games, when the shirts were just numbered one to 11. But 11 was usually worn by the left winger so it really just happened [that I kept it when squad numbers were introduced]."

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Nike to end United kit deal in 2015

Nike will stop producing Manchester United shirts after this upcoming season.

Sources say that the world's largest shoe and apparel maker told the club on Tuesday that it was bowing out of negotiations to pay for the privilege to make the kit, refusing to match the number put forth by rival adidas.

Sources with knowledge of the deal say that the contract provides for a guarantee of more than $100 million a year for 10 years, which is the highest deal in all of sports and doubles that of the second highest deal in soccer. Adidas is paying Real Madrid roughly $50 million a year for the rights to make their kit through the 2020 season.

"Manchester United is a great club with passionate fans," Nike spokesman Nigel Powell said in a statement. "We are proud to have partnered with them for the last 12 years and will continue to sponsor the club until the end of the 2014-15 season. Any partnership with a club or federation has to be mutually beneficial and the terms that were on offer for a renewed contract did not represent good value for Nike's shareholders. We look forward to a successful final season with the club."

Nike, which had been making the kit for the team since 2002 and was most recently paying about $40 million a year on the deal, recently announced that soccer revenue for the company was up 21 percent to $2.3 billion in the last fiscal year.

From July 2013 to March 2014, the publicly traded Manchester United pulled in $48.2 million in retail, merchandising, apparel and product licensing revenue.

On Monday, Nike unveiled the new home kit with a new sponsor logo. Chevrolet is paying about $80 million a year for seven seasons for the partnership.

An adidas spokesman declined to comment on the Manchester United developments.

The two companies are battling it out for World Cup supremacy. Nike outfitted Brazil and Netherlands, while adidas kitted out Germany and Argentina for the right to play in the final.

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