Adidas is showing a true case of buyer’s remorse when it comes to the £750 million they spent to secure the rights for 10 years to supply Manchester United’s kits.
Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer is disappointed in the defensive approach of Manchester manager Louis van Gaal. Over the span of eight games, United has scored only five goals. For the math challenged, that works out to £150 million per goal. United has scored only 15 goals at Old Trafford to this point in the season, which lowers the price per goal, but not enough to placate Adidas.
From the other side of his mouth, Adidas’ Hainer claims that the company has sold more shirts than expected to United supporters, who are said to number 650 million, so the decision to make United secure financially for the next 10 seasons might work out over the course of that many years.
Former United player Paul Scholes weighed in on this season’s play as well, stating that the style of play under van Gall was devoid of risk and creativity. Manchester did set the nets afire recently with a 2 – 1 win over Swansea City, so perhaps the criticism is premature.