Manchester United’s home kit for the 2019/20 season has finally been released, and it’s a commemorative design which harks back to their treble-winning campaign of 1998/99, when injury-time strikes from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stole a famous Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich.
Now faced with the dreary reality of Europa League qualifiers, fans of the once all-conquering Red Devils have criticised the design for its overbearing tribute to an achievement in a competition that United won’t even be playing in next season.
Manchester United have dropped their home kit for 2019/20, with special detailing to mark 20 years since their famous treble win 🔴 pic.twitter.com/QHCtMWPD59— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 16, 2019
United’s otherwise stock-standard red-bodied home jersey features several references to that famous victory, with the times of each goal (90+1 and 90+3) etched onto either sleeve, whilst the venue and date appear alongside the words ‘Treble Winners’ at the bottom of the shirt.
For the commemorative jersey, United’s club crest will appear within a black shield with a gold border, whilst Chevrolet will appear once more as the front-of-shirt sponsor, entering the sixth year of their partnership.
Whilst United remain the only English club to win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in the same season, the jersey really only serves as a reminder of how far the club has fallen from its glory days, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez (£30.6m), Romelu Lukaku (£76.23m) and Fred (£53.1m) warming the bench until they’re brought on at the 70th minute to, perhaps, rescue a point against a plucky mid-table side.
Next year, Manchester United will wear a special kit to commemorate winning the Champions League in 1999. A competition they haven’t qualified for.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) May 10, 2019
It’s the football equivalent of celebrating being dumped by getting drunk alone whilst wearing your grandmother’s wedding dress. pic.twitter.com/3qu9EiwPxv
On a brighter note for Red Devils fans, both David De Gea and Paul Pogba feature in the promotional content for the kit’s unveiling, despite rumours of big-money transfers away from Old Trafford.
United’s 2019/20 home strip will be debuted by former players in an anniversary game against Bayern Munich on the 26th of May, with current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely to don the famous jersey once more.
Take a look at some of the online reaction from United fans:
Just think in 20 yrs time United will launch a kit celebrating this season. If @adidas are reading this let me make a suggestion for the sleeve detail. Maybe “£350k + £75k” celebrating Alexis Sanchez.— The Life Guru🐝 (@LifeGuru__) May 10, 2019
What a time to be alive.
The combination of that heritage badge and the god-awful Chevy badge is a metaphor for the relationship between the club's fans and Ed Woodward— Seán (@seanonhere) May 10, 2019
We are fast becoming the Liverpool of the 90's as the laughing stock of English football.— Stuart Finch (@StuartF1984) May 10, 2019
The goalkeeper kit looks like someone dipped a zebra in ribena— Dan (@OutrageousRobbo) May 16, 2019
This will definitely look good with a Europa league badge on the side 😍❤️— teboho 🕊️ (@teboho_ranko) May 16, 2019
We live on PAST GLORIES now 😩— David Nwawe (@ThisDaeve) May 16, 2019