Manchester United launched a new swanky looking home & away kit ahead of the 2016/17 season. The kit made by Adidias, who United signed a lucrative deal with in the 2014/15 season, will set you back a cool £60 but is definitely an upgrade on the kit from last season. The club have created a set of images with some of the players wearing the new strip.
United have only had the previous kit for a single season (as Adidas replaced Nike at the beginning of 2015/16). You have to go back to 2007/08 and 2008/09 for the last time United didn’t change the home strip in back to back seasons.
So what Manchester United kits stand out for you over the years?
The Sixties – The classic home shirt
Worn by the likes of Denis Law, Bobby Charlton and George Best – this iconic shirt was the home strip during the league wins of 1965 and 1967.
The Seventies – Enter the Admiral
United changed their kit manufacturer to Admiral from Umbro in the 70s, however captain Martin Buchan still looks like he is going to smash someone.
The Eighties – Sponsorship & FA Cup wins
The first time Untied had a sponsor on their shirt was for the 1982/83 season, with the classic “Sharp Electronics” branding. Something tells me that neither ball nor the knee of Graeme Souness advanced much further…
The Nineties – Disappearing kits and nostalgia
United rolled back the years in 1992 with their 3rd “Newton Heath” strip – that used the same colours just after the club was formed in 1878. Here, Eric Cantona refused to wear a beret, a striped shirt and novelty string onions in the “who can look like a Frenchman the most” competition.
There was also controversy with when (then) Alex Ferguson claiming that the players could not see each other as the shirts blended in with the background. Ferguson was ridiculed for the suggestion, but here is a a clear picture of The Dell crowd to prove his point:
The noughties – New age of kit design
No longer were 40 year old overweight men going to get their nipples chafed down Thursday night five aside with a new age of kit design! Although, the tight 2006 Italy shirt for the World Cup was most definitely a step too far. Here Ronaldo, sporting the 2007/08 strip is devastated to miss himself on the big screen at Wembley.
We’ve had some nice looking kits and we’ve had some stinkers, but for me – the best kit of all was the 1982/83 kit, surely?! Ron Atkinson had a brilliant new idea to distract football fans from the lack of silverware won the season before.