German manufacturer Adidas will replace Nike, Manchester United’s current kit provider, at the start of next season – in what is the biggest kit deal of all time. This follows the news that Nike, the US sports manufacturer, had decided to opt out of continuing the relationship with Manchester United – a relationship that has been intact since taking over from Umbro at the turn of the century. The fee is reportedly to be £750 million, £40 million less than the Glazer family paid for the club back in 2005.
Many United fans cite the 1980s Adidas kits as their favourite. These included the 1983 FA Cup winning team and of course, the 1985 FA Cup winning team – which saw a young Norman Whiteside curl a beautiful shot past Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall. The deal is worth £75 million per year, eclipsing the current most expensive club deal between Real Madrid and Adidas – which is worth £31 million. Nike are currently paying Manchester United £23.5m under the current deal.
New Nike kit
The new Adidas deal comes just a week after the new Manchester United kit with Nike for the forthcoming 2014/15 season was announced:
What do you think of the new Nike kit? Like it? Or think it looks like a fake you think looks brilliant when you buy it off the bloke on the beach on holiday before it comes off in the wash? I’m probably with the latter.