For several months the rumoured Manchester United home kit for next season has been circulating online.
The shirt, which is predominately red, has a white crew neck collar as well as white cuffs. German supplier adidas’ traditional three stripes also don each sleeve.
However, more details of the kit have been seen online. Firstly, below the inside of the collar are three words that resonate with the club for years, “Courage. Success. Youth.”
Each has its own link to the club and neither of them really need explaining why, but with the history of United’s success both domestically and in European competitions, it would be rude not to mention it. Also, the last word, “youth,” refers to the trust they have in their younger players coming through and becoming first team stars.
Now to the back of the shirt. Just below the white of the collar a gold devil, the same that is seen on the club’s badge, can be seen positioned just above where a player’s name will soon be displayed.
Another detail the kit has is the badge itself. Like the last campaign, United’s crest is woven into the shirt and has a stitched border around it.
Finally, the images reveal what looks like a textured finish to the shirt. Not easy to see at first glance, but if you look closely at the materials used to make the kit, a thin stripe-like pattern is visible.
The shirt isn’t to everyone’s liking however, with club legend Gary Neville expressing he isn’t a fan of it on Twitter. The former United full-back tweeted the following with a picture of the rumoured design:
“I tend to love every United home kit but I don’t like this one at all! (if it is the home kit).
“Am I being harsh? Sponsor isn’t right, arms aren’t right and just feels basic without tapping into heritage. Agree or not[?]”
Neville is of course also referring to the fact that as of next season, the club’s kits will see Team Viewer replace Chevrolet on the front of United’s shirts. The German technology company has recently signed a £265m deal with the Premier League’s most successful team to feature on their kits.