Manchester United are in danger of falling victim to the curse of the shirt sponsor.
United's principal sponsor AIG has run into serious financial difficulty, just days after XL, the name on West Ham's shirts, went bust.
The New York based insurance group is suffering mightily, and the Red Devils might be the next team with a blank kit.
It has not been a great week for the Old Trafford club. The Red Devils lost 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday and Manchester rivals City appear to have landed a huge windfall with the imminent takeover of the Eastlands club by Arab trillionaires.
Insurer American International Group Inc has made an unprecedented approach to the Federal Reserve seeking Â£22billion in short-term financing, the New York Times reported overnight.
The move is widely seen as a desperate measure to stave off the threat of liquidation.
Manchester United's four-year Â£56.5million agreement with AIG is the biggest shirt sponsorship deal in English football.