Football Fan in Bulgaria to Change His Name to Mr. Manchester United

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 27, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Pin badges for sale prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Manchester United is finally on the brink of completing his name change after a 15-year battle, so that it is now the same as the club he supports.

Marin Zdravkov of Bulgaria (who we will refer to as Mr. Manchester United from now on for clarity) apparently fell in love with the club back in the 1970s, but he decided to change his name when United won the treble.

He has wanted to change his name ever since but at first had to settle on a compromise—a hybrid of his own name and the club's. The Manchester Evening News explains:

Now Marin has been granted permission to adopt a combination of his own name and the club’s title to become Manchester Zdravkov Levidzhov-United.

His official ID card lists ‘United’ as his nickname - but just like his heroes in 1999, he refuses to give up and is carrying on the fight to drop the ‘Zdravkov Levidzhov’ from his name.

A former devoted Catholic, he has changed his religion to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, which said it would accept him with the name Manchester United.

The 51-year-old, who apparently hit upon the name change while hungover, has been working on changing his name ever since. He was at first only allowed to change the name to Manchester, with the court fearful of a copyright issue if he added the United.

Mr Manchester United appears to be close to completing his name change, however, and he told the paper: "Now at least the Lord knows the name I would like to die with."

[Manchester Evening News