Throughout last year’s Premier League campaign, Manchester United fans were spotted on the Old Trafford pitch about as often as the club’s own players. After the revelation of the club’s participation in launching the failed European Super League, United fans were hugely disappointed with the club’s hierarchy.
Furthermore, last season saw United extend its trophyless run to five years and also saw the club lose games in humiliating fashions such as the 5-0 loss at home to bitter rivals Liverpool.
These were more than enough reasons for supporters to turn up at the Theatre of Dreams and protest against the management and the Glazers. As fans flocked to the stadium, the message seemed to be clear that there should be a return to traditional standards and the rich heritage of the club’s past.
The most evident display of this sentiment has been through the display of the green and yellow colours during these protests which were the primary colours of the club when it was founded as Newton Heath LYR (Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway) in 1878. The shift to red only occurred in 1902.
While it remains to be seen if this message has reached the United hierarchy, it appears it has certainly reached United’s kit designer Adidas.
Having released splendid designs for both the home and away shirts for the upcoming season, fans have been on the lookout for the release of the third kit from the designer.
With United still working on an announcement video, it looks like Mexican-American YouTuber and Twitch streamer Edwin Castro has offered football fans a sneak peek at the unreleased third kit.
With more than 300 million subscribers on YouTube, Castro is well known for his FIFA live streams and for using the proceeds received from his various streams to donate to charity.
Apart from this, the streamer has also collaborated with the YouTube group Sidemen by playing a charity football match back in 2017.
While on air during one of his Twitch streams on Thursday it looks like Castro has given United supporters just what they have been looking forward to by unofficially unveiling the third kit which seems to be sporting Newton Heath colours.
The lime green kit features a designer printed pattern that extends to even the arm sleeves. The collar sports a rounded black collar with a light green zig-zag design over it while the shoulders have black horizontal stripes running over the patterned torso. As per FootyHeadlines, the zig-zag design on the collar is meant to be inspired by the cantilever roofing at Old Trafford.
In his Twitch stream, Castro refused to mention the source from which he obtained the early supply of the kit and was rather coy about the subject. At the same time, he did not seem to have the matching shorts to go along with the third kit as he was wearing the blue away shorts from last season in the stream.
Going by the early leaks of the third kit, it looks like the lime green kit will be paired with black shorts as per the concept art of Cristiano Ronaldo sporting the third kit.
Following the appointment of Erik ten Hag, perhaps United are set to begin a new era where they would have a planned sporting project that would offer a sense of stability to the club’s affairs on and off the pitch.
However, if things do not end up going as per plan, perhaps United fans would be ready to sport this new Newton Heath-inspired third kit while protesting at Old Trafford.