In a very once in a lifetime sort of opportunity, just before the match began, players presented the shirts as gifts to their designated kid. These 11 children travelled afar to experience in person how ‘power of play’ can create hope, optimism and possibilities. Chevrolet’s partnership with Manchester United is keen on optimising passion for football to make a positive impact globally, and inspire football fans.
Saturday’s opening game reactions to the magical moment from mascots, players and fans was a great kick off to Chevrolet’s first season as Manchester United’s shirt sponsor. In bringing people closer to the sport, the bar was certainly raised. Mascots are selected from 7 countries: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea and US.
Through Chevrolet’s association with Man Utd, the automaker upholds the club’s desire to connect with its 659 million global followers. The season opener activity helped capture the imagination of global fans. the 2 kids from India, Akash and Kshitij were paired with Chris Smalling and Darren Fletcher, respectively. Manchester United lost the opening game with Swansea 2-1.
Manchester United first team players and mascot pairings were as follows:
|Manchester United Player||Mascot|
|Ashley Young||Naely / Brazil|
|Javier Hernandez||Anna / China|
|Phil Jones||Yan Yi / China|
|Chris Smalling||Akash / India|
|Darren Fletcher||Kshitij / India|
|Juan Mata||Fergie / Indonesia|
|Ander Herrera||Syffia / Indonesia|
|Wayne Rooney||Mfanelo / South Africa|
|Tyler Blackett||Nokuthula / South Africa|
|Jesse Lingard||Daeyoung / South Korea|
|David De Gea||Jasmine / United State|