Man Utd remove Aeroflot branding from Old Trafford and cone off area after ending £40m sponsorship amid Russian invasion

MANCHESTER UNITED'S process of removing Aeroflot branding from Old Trafford was captured after they ended their sponsorship.

United came under pressure to end their deal with the Russian national airline following the invasion of Ukraine.

The club soon reacted and announced their withdrawal from the partnership, which is worth £40million.

As a result, Aeroflot's branding was being removed from outside the Old Trafford stadium with the area surrounded by cones.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine saw United pull the plug on their nine-year association with the airline, it was announced in a statement.

A United spokesperson said: "In light of events in Ukraine, we have withdrawn Aeroflot's sponsorship rights.

"We share the concerns of our fans around the world and extend our sympathies to those affected."

The two parties first teamed up back in 2013, with Aeroflot acting as the club's official carrier ever since.

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They then penned a deal for the sponsorship to continue in a deal worth £40m back in 2017.

That was set to run until 2023, until the announcement saw the contract cancelled early.

United could look to explore other official airline partnerships, with Qatar Airways a possible alternative.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently revealed Aeroflot was banned from UK airspace.

Britain is also freezing the UK assets of Russian titans in banking and arms manufacturing, and sanctioning five more oligarchs.

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