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Thomas Cook wins Manchester United contract

Thomas Cook has become the official travel partner of Manchester United Football Club, replacing Co-operative Travel.

The four-year deal will see Thomas Cook Sport provide worldwide travel for the first team and officials, while fans will be able to access cheap holiday ideas through the supporters club.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa, group chief executive of Thomas Cook, said: “Thomas Cook Sport is the market leader in sports tourism and this partnership adds to our role in taking fans to the World Cup and London 2012, as we drive forward this dynamic and successful business.”

Thomas Cook will also provide fans’ packages for away games in the Champions League and home fixtures.

United chief executive David Gill added: “The benefits of this deal will result in a more complete travel service for the team, club officials and more importantly our millions of supporters across the globe.”

Thomas Cook Sport offers packages for Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as for events including the 2011 Rugby Union World Cup.