Manchester United’s new home kit’s slick design is inspired around their famous Champions League treble-winning campaign. The home kit draws inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson’s side that clinched an unprecedented Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup treble 20 years ago, which can be seen all over the new jersey.
Let’s take a look at the new jersey and its inspired elements.
The classic design on the jersey pays homage to the incredible 1998/1999 season in which United made history by becoming the first team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in one season.
Twenty years on, it still remains a unique achievement – unmatched by any other English club.
The iconic Treble was clinched following an epic UEFA Champions League final, in which United battled back from 1-0 down to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona, with injury-time strikes from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The most notable face in the kit unveiling is undoubtedly that of World Cup-winner Pogba, who has been strongly linked to join Real Madrid this summer.
The shape of the badge, along with its black and gold trim, is similar to what the club sported in Europe during that famous season of ’99.
The club has restored the black background of the badge (similar to that of the ’99 jersey) which was missing from the current jerseys.
The Iconic Minutes
The new jersey acknowledges the minutes in which those historic goals were scored with ‘90+1′ and ‘90+3′ printed on the sleeves.
The dates of all three title wins are displayed at the bottom of every shirt which has a new club crest of bold black with gold stitching. It includes the dates of the FA Cup final win over Newcastle United and decisive Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur.
The jersey features the iconic three-stripes by Adidas – the brand behind the creation of this kit, on its shoulders in a slightly darker red tone than the base of the shirt.
The Goal-keeper Jersey
The accompanying goalkeeper strip is purple, with the club’s press release stating: ‘The home goalkeeper jersey has a tiger pattern featuring a dark purple two-tone design, inspired by the top worn by our legendary No 1, Peter Schmeichel, during the 1998-99 season.’
This was a mix-up with the ‘dates’ as United did wear a purple keeper kit during the 1996-97 season but the one during 1998-99 was either green or grey in their European matches.
The pattern of this purple kit is similar to the new Bayern Munich shirt which was released on May 16.
The kit features a red jersey with white shorts (with Adidas and United logos on either side) and black socks with red Adidas stripes.
The kit, which will be worn by both Manchester United’s men’s and women’s sides, will be displayed for the first time fittingly when a United Legends side faces Bayern Munich Legends on 26 May, exactly 20 years after their Champions League final encounter. It will then be worn by the first team on their pre-season tour, starting in Perth, Australia, on 17th July against Leeds United.