Man Utd have chosen to finally unveil that controversial new zebra third kit on Tuesday morning, and it’s already got plenty of mixed reviews online.
FootyHeadlines first leaked the bold new strip, that went viral, with the majority of social media users choosing to mock it.
It was the Monday that former England and United legend David Beckham took to Instagram, posting a snap of him wearing the new kit, of course, whilst looking cool at the same time of course.
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Manchester United said via their website: adidas and Manchester United today present the new 2020/21 season third kit, introducing a visually distinctive design, inspired by striped jerseys from the club’s history.
From United’s first striped kit over 100 years ago, to the eye-catching designs of the 1970s and 80s, the latest release aims to provide a fresh update to tradition, while delivering a vibrant new print.
To create this new design, adidas re-drew, hacked and re-imagined combined elements from various jerseys throughout the club’s long history to create a bold new pattern. Utilising United’s iconic club colours of red, white and black, the kit is an original story with a modern update.
The result is surprising, unexpected and demonstrates a continued ambition to push the boundaries of shirt design.
The release of the new third shirt follows the launches of the new home kit, which celebrates the club’s DNA with an imprint of “MANCHESTER UNITED” running through the shirt, and an away jersey which pays homage to the club’s famous travelling away support.
Manchester United’s relationship with all-over stripes goes back to the team’s first year at its home in Old Trafford, when the team wore a classic blue-and-white striped shirt as the alternative kit. The collar on this new jersey features a ‘110 years of stripes’ sign-off, signifying the history of the club’s jerseys.
Most memorably, adidas brought disruptive jersey graphics into the world of football at the end of the 1980s, causing a visual revolution in shirt design. It is these graphics, and the spirit of bringing a new approach and innovation to the field, that inspired the design of the 2020/21 third kit launched today.
While the team will take to the field wearing the jersey with accompanying white shorts and white socks, there will also be shorts and socks with the same pattern as the shirt, available for fans to buy.
The kit is available today exclusively at adidas.com/football, adidas stores, and official club stores including online at United Direct.
A wider release with select retailers will be available from 15 September 2020.
Fans took to give their reaction as Man Utd unveil their controversial new zebra third kit, see what they had to say below…
Tbh just the shorts and socks need redesigning. The shirt looks fire.
— Harnoor (@harnoorst) September 8, 2020
Is this some kind of tribute to Maguire’s time in Greece? I mean ?… pic.twitter.com/JruhjrhrzW
— ? (@UtdJoan) September 8, 2020
This says it all really pic.twitter.com/apq6t1DKh8
— ~David~ (@_David_MUFC) September 8, 2020
i think the fuck not
— olesexual (@samufc__x) September 8, 2020
I honestly don’t know how to react.
— Pulkit ? (@OleTrain) September 8, 2020
— The United Link ? (@TheUnitedLink) September 8, 2020
I reckon it would look 100 times better if they went with plain black shorts and socks.
— John Doherty (@Doc2960) September 8, 2020
You know it’s bad when Beckham can’t pull it off
— Gaz (@CantonaManc) September 8, 2020
— Not that Vinay (@SemperFiUnited) September 8, 2020
Worst football kit I’ve ever seen.
— Fred The Red (@redfreddevil) September 8, 2020
Thank god you took the worst kit off us ?
— Uber Chelsea FC ? (@UberCheIseaFC) September 8, 2020
Thanks for approval becks you bloody paid him to wear that shirt he never done that off his own back, now get off your high horse and buy some players and stop promoting this shitty shirt that’s the worst I ever seen united made ? pic.twitter.com/1YGETqaVMi
— Andrew Rowlands (@A_Rowlands83) September 8, 2020
Outright disgusting. ??
— Anshumaan Singh?? (@Anshuma53910317) September 8, 2020
Even when it’s 70% off in the Megastore next March. pic.twitter.com/KYSD9b9LZy
— Matt Ford (@The_Matt_Ford) September 8, 2020
A designer was probably paid £100,000 for this work.
I could have done this in five minutes for £15.
— FootiePrint & Digital – Match Programme Solutions (@FootiePrint) September 8, 2020
The matching shorts and shocks are just awful. It makes you wonder how did this got approved. I just laughed when I saw the whole kit in the Adidas website! ?? Shirt is KINDA fine but the whole thing in total is awful.
— Nick Tsakiris (@Nick_Tsakiris) September 8, 2020