Man Utd have reached a settlement with Sega and Sports Interactive regarding a “trademark dispute” in Football Manager as changes are made for the upcoming edition
Football Manager users will never again manage a club called Manchester United after a settlement between the club and the games developer Sports Interactive was struck.
From Football Manager 22 the Red Devils will be renamed as either “Manchester UFC” or “Man UFC”.
United took issue with the fact that Sega and Sports Interactive infringed their trademark regarding the logo by not using the official Manchester United badge in the game.
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,” it added.
Fans have been divided over the announcement with some describing it was “petty” whilst other accept the need to protect naming rights.
Sports Interactive stated: “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,” the games developer added.
Manchester United are not the first club to be withdrawn from the game in a dispute over intellectual property.
Several teams have had to adopt differing names in different games such as Pro Evo and FIFA.
Juventus are known as Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 21 after they struck a deal with EA Sports rivals Konami.
When Asked if United would be pursuing a further deal to license its intellectual property to the game, a spokesperson for the club said they were satisfied with the outcome of the settlement.
Users of the game can still select United and will be able to benefit from new signing Jadon Sancho.
Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is also expected to follow the English winger into Old Trafford with the Spanish club ready to cash in.
The defender only has 12 months remaining on his deal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add a centre-half to his squad.
A central midfielder could also be added as United are linked with the likes of Ruben Neves and Eduardo Camavinga.