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Manchester United in talks with Disney over documentaries deal

As per The Athletic, Manchester United are in talks with Disney over a multi-million-dollar content creation agreement that would entail production of documentaries based around the club.

Initial reports suggest the documentaries would focus on the club’s past successes and not the recent years.

The agreement also does not seem to be an exclusive one, given the club already have a documentary on the way via Amazon Prime Video focused around their historic treble-winning 1998/99 season.

Manchester United in talks with Disney over documentaries deal. (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
The legend of United’s 1998/99 season grows with every passing year. (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Football club documentaries have gained traction over the past decade, most notably the three-season Netflix production of Sunderland ‘Til I Die and, more recently, the FX-produced Welcome to Wrexham.

DIscussions are far away from being finalised, as things stand, and neither part has come out to officially comment on the matter.

More celebration of the past

Documentaries on United’s past success will be loved by the Old Trafford faithful; documentaries on their recent travails will be loved by everyone else.

In any case, the deal seems to highlight the club’s attempt at trying to enter the content space, which they have been reluctant to do ever since the football club content boom began a few years ago. Further cashing in on their illustrious past would further generate revenue streams for the club.

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As a United fan, one can only hope that focus is also given to the club’s present issues by the new sporting ownership as they try to appease the fanbase off it.