To celebrate Chevrolet‘s new £210m sponsorship deal of Manchester United, the car firm had promised each of the first team’s players any motor they fancied. But Ferguson has banned any players under 23 from taking up the offer, as he thinks the 205mph supercars are too dangerous.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, in a bid to protect his younger players from doing something stupid behind the wheel of a Corvette or Lumina S, has banned the team’s youngsters from driving the automaker’s flashy sport cars.
United recently signed a multi-million-pound deal with the American car giant, who will become the name on the club’s shirts from the start of the 2014-15 season.
As a gesture of goodwill, Chevrolet offered the team’s first-team stars a choice of luxury cars.
According to the sources, Ferguson saw players eager to get behind the wheel of an iconic Corvette and the potential dangers it could pose should an accident occur.
Ferguson decreed that no player under the age of 23, regardless of their standing in the team, should be allowed to order a sporty Chevrolet.
This means players such as striker Danny Welbeck (21) or defender Phil Jones (20) will be banned from driving anything not approved by Ferguson.
The move is a classic case of Ferguson – the master man-manager – ensuring his young stars don’t get too big for their boots. Ferguson has always been hot on matters such as this.
Two years ago, for example, it emerged he told players in the club’s youth squads they were not allowed to wear coloured football boots.
A Manchester United spokesperson confirmed: “As with most automotive partnerships, Chevrolet will be offering players a car. The model will be dependent on their time at the club and driving experience.”