When it comes to legendary football clubs and companies, Gulf Oil and Manchester United are among the greatest, ever. Gulf Oil was founded in 1901 while Manchester United has been around since 1878, though it was known as the Newton Heath LYR Football Club then, and changed its name to what it is now in 1902.
The two legendary companies came together to form a partnership in 2016, with Gulf Oil being Manchester United’s first official global lubricant oil and fuel retail partner. The three year partnership, which is also the first of its kind for a Premier League club, will enable Gulf Oil International, now a Hinduja Group company, to engage with Manchester United’s worldwide legion of fans, including its 325 million followers in Asia.
And that is precisely what happened recently when Gulf Oil hosted three Manchester United legends in Kuala Lumpur for one of the most anticipated games of the season – the Manchester United vs Liverpool clash which took place on the 10th of March.
The three united legends – Denis Irwin, David May and Dwight Yorke – flew into KL to watch the match with their fans at Berjaya Times Square. But two days before the match, Motor Trader was given about 10 minutes to sit down with Denis Irwin and David May at the Mandarin Oriental hotel for a quick question and answer session.
But before that, I must say that the excitement of meeting these legends was real, much more exciting than test driving cars or motorcycles. Maybe I am exaggerating, but Denis Irwin and Dwight Yorke were the guys who played in that historic Champions League final showdown back in 1999 in Camp Nou, Barcelona. United were trailing Bayern Munich by a single goal throughout the game, and then in the final closing minutes of injury time, United’s Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer put two past Bayern’s keeper, the mighty Oliver Kahn. It left this writer, who was just 17 then, literally jumping with joy on his bed at 230am with his cousins. It is a night a United fan will never forget, so this interview was particularly special, so special thanks goes out to Gulf Oil for making it happen.
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