Two years ago Manchester United signed a record seven-year, $559-million deal with General Motors that gave the front of the iconic English soccer club’s jerseys to Chevrolet.
On Monday, GM and the team will formally unveil that uniform, although the announcement is somewhat anticlimactic since details of the design have already been leaked.
Images posted online show Chevrolet’s famed bow-tie logo in white and gold across the middle of the jersey, below the Nike swoosh on the right breast and the Manchester United crest on the other side.
In another break from past uniforms, the sleeves and collar are trimmed with black and white stripes.
Manchester United will wear the shirts in anger for the first time when the team meets the Galaxy on July 23 at the Rose Bowl. Before then, fans can go to ChevroletFC.com for a chance to “virtually” wear the uniform, then share the images through social media.
Also on Monday at the same Web address, a video tribute to the history of Manchester United and its uniform changes from 1878 to now will be released. Chevrolet is only the fifth official shirt sponsor the club has had in 136 years.
Nine Manchester United legends -- Sir Bobby Charlton, Alex Stepney, Denis Law, Lou Macari, Arthur Albiston, Norman Whiteside, Clayton Blackmore, Denis Irwin and Gary Pallister -- are featured in the video.
Manchester United’s shirts formerly featured the logo of British insurance giant Aon.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times