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Chevrolet Would Like Man U Players to Drive the Free Cars they Gave Them, Please

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Manchester United player Wayne Rooney, looking positively thrilled with his new Camaro convertible

Manchester United player Wayne Rooney, looking positively thrilled with his new Camaro convertible

When Chevrolet shelled out $600 million to sponsor the British soccer team Manchester United, the automaker also decided to send over a fleet of complimentary Chevy vehicles for the players to drive—you know, if they felt like it. No pressure, guys.

At the time, GM called it a “voluntary drive program,” but since none of Man U’s star players raised their hands and volunteered, the company has reportedly begun to insist.

“It was pretty embarrassing when the motor firm had handed over all these free cars and no one wanted to drive them,” a source told the Mirror. “Now the lads have been asked to take them for a spin every now and again so they get pictured behind the wheel of a Chevy.

“They might not be Porsches, but they are lovely cars, and the average United fan would kill for a free motor. So far stars such as David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia have been spotted driving the cars to the training ground.”

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and his Captiva

Goalkeeper David De Gea, clearly “captivated” by his new Captiva

So what gives? If the one-and-only King James can debase himself to the level of being photographed in a Kia, of all things, what makes these soccer hooligans think that they’re somehow too good for the bowtie brand?

Well apparently, part of the problem isn’t with the quality of the cars, but with the nationality. Corvettes and Camaros are both available in left-hand drive only, which makes them difficult to maneuver for British drivers.

Although it’s no sports car, Chevrolet also supplied some right-hand drive Captiva SUV models, which Mata, De Gea, and Evans were recently seen driving. Daley Blind was even photographed trying out the Camaro.

Hopefully the stunt works out for Chevy, or the company may find itself thinking, “I spent $600 million on a foreign sports franchise, and all I got was this stupid shirt.”

News Source: Mirror Online