Not so very long ago, Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer went as far as he could to criticise Manchester United’s languorous approach under Louis van Gaal by condemning it as “not exactly what we want to see”.
Fair enough, you may argue, especially given that Adidas had just paid a world-record £750million to slap their logo on all of United’s kits and merchandise for the next 10 years.
Form hasn’t exactly improved since then as United’s defiantly ponderous performances continue to make the possibility of achieving a record low Premier League finish this season seem increasingly likely.
Indeed, whether it’s just coincidence or not, a new hoodie has appeared in the United club store that appears to feature a clear and obvious message from the Adidas top brass…
Duty to Entertain. Coincidence? While it’s hard to believe that Adidas would use the club store to fight a proxy propaganda war with Louis van Gaal, the message does definitely appear to very deliberately timed.
Not that it’s going to make a blind bit of difference, but hey ho.