Retro kits have taken the footballing world by storm for the past couple of seasons. Top European clubs such as Manchester United (2021/22 Home Kit) and Arsenal (2021/22 Away Kit) have used retro designs to make their main kits for their respective seasons. Alongside this, re-mastered retro kits have also been released as fourth or fifth kits for fans to wear their club’s history with pride.
Just as individual clubs have taken the initiative with retro kits, Adidas launched an entire retro kit collection called the ‘Teamgeist’ range which included retro re-designs of training kits of Manchester United, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid.
As fans have welcomed these designs, it looks like retro designs are here to stay as Manchester United are set to launch their next season’s home kit based on a retro design. As per leaks, the kit comes with a white Polo collar inspired by the 1994 triangular design.
Just as the club are set to use specific features such as the collar design from the past, the English side also looks to have reworked their old crest into their track jackets that were worn by the youth side during their FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest.
As the United U-18 side took the field at Old Trafford, fans spotted the jackets having the ‘Manchester United Football Club’ crest which was discontinued by the club in 1998 and chose to stick with just ‘Manchester United.’ The rest of the track jacket looks new as it also contained United’s latest training kit sponsor, Tezos’ name by the breast pocket.
The track jacket is part of the new Adidas Originals range, inspired by the iconic apparel that the club wore during the 1990s.
Though for anyone hoping the crest might make a return in the main kits too, it looks unlikely as Joel Glazer shot down rumours of a possible change.
“…we don’t have plans to amend our current crest in the near future, because it will be a complex and very challenging process given the intellectual property rights linked to it around the world,” said the United owner last year. This suggests that the crest has made an appearance only as part of a limited retro re-design and that it will not affect the main kits.