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Manchester United’s Got Seoul

In yet another attempt by Manchester United to convince Asians that they should root for them and not Real Madrid or Manchester City, United have produced these two thought provoking commercials to promote their upcoming Asia Tour 2009.

The first spot is just plain unfunny or maybe it’s because I don’t understand Malaysian humor that I don’t find it humorous. Either way, in just thirty seconds it leaves me with so many questions. Why is Wayne Rooney laughing? Is he making fun of the Malaysian language? Is Manchester United mocking Malaysians while asking them to give them money? Why is Michael Carrick included in the spot? Do Malaysians love Michael Carrick? Watch and see if you don’t think about these things.

The second one asks the players what they think about the city of Seoul. The most entertaining part of the entire ad is how little the players want to be a part of it. It’s like they caught them on their way to their cars after training and forced them to shoot a commercial. Watch how quickly Ryan Giggs runs off after he’s done. But it’s always fun to see Nemanja Vidic speak. One question: Why is Park Ji Sung speaking in English? Even if it is for the English market, it’s about Korea. They could have sub-titled it. I don’t know, just seems strange to me.

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