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Manchester United to be Renamed to Manchester UFC on Football Manager Following Trademark Settlement

Manchester United to be renamed on Football Manager
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Manchester United are set to be renamed on Football Manager and will be known as 'Manchester UFC' starting with Football Manager 22.

United reached a settlement with Sega resolving their trademark dispute. The Old Trafford club argued that the game developer Sports Interactive infringed their trademark by not using the official Manchester United badge in the game, and instead replacing the club crest with a simple red and white striped logo.

The club claimed this “deprives the registered proprietor of its right to have the club crest licensed”.

In a statement on Friday, the club and the games maker stated: "Manchester United and Sega have agreed a settlement to amicably resolve their trademark dispute relating to Football Manager. Both parties are pleased to resolve this matter to their mutual satisfaction".

According to a post on Football Manager's official Twitter account: "From FM22 onwards, the Manchester United football club will be named ‘Manchester UFC’ or ‘Man UFC’.

"These name changes have been made purely to settle the dispute on a no admissions basis. SEGA and Sports Interactive maintain that they do not need a licence to use the ‘Manchester United’ name but have made the change as a gesture of goodwill so that both parties can move on."

United aren't the first team to get a name change. Last year, Juventus were renamed to Zebre because of the Serie A's side exclusive deal with Konami.