Manchester United Become Most Popular Chinese Team

February 23, 2017

FA Cup champions Manchester United have replaced Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as China’s most popular online team.

The Red Card report, which analyses 53 European Clubs regarding Chinese social media influence, has four Premier League teams in the top five.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City join United at the top of the list, with German team Bayern still maintaining second place.

However, the German top tier remains the most popular league as a whole.

The study took its data from Chinese social media platforms WeChat and Weibo, as well as audience figures from live streams of games and how the respective club websites perform in the country.

Manchester United’s tour of China last year is thought to have played a crucial role in engaging the Chinese audience.