Manchester United are in the end game of what has been an exhausting, long-stretched 2022/23 season. In their first season under Erik ten Hag, the Red Devils have experienced a real rollercoaster of a ride full of ups and downs.
United did see their five-year trophy drought finally broken in February when they won the Carabao Cup title. They’re also in the FA Cup final, where a dance with rivals Manchester City awaits. Their Premier League campaign has been a really topsy-turvy one, but the Red Devils are still in a strong position to make a return to the UEFA Champions League next season.
While Ten Hag’s squad remains fully focused on ending their season strongly, there is a lot of work going on behind-the-scenes to prepare for the 2023/24 season. Amid the drama around their ownership situation and uncertainty over the Glazers’ future at the club, United are still working with their sponsors to set them up nicely for the next season.
Adidas, their shirt sponsors, are working overtime in finalizing the designs for their attires ahead of the summer period. Recently, an early look at the home kit for the Red Devils for the 2023/24 season was leaked. This isn’t confirmed yet, but an HD picture of their possible home jersey has hit social media.
The home kit looks to have a relatively darker shade than the current home kit. It also appears that Adidas have ditched the collar design to bring back a v-neck design. The dominant colour of the kit is red, with the names of the sponsors being in white – while the iconic United crest retains its colours too.
There does seem to be a similar design around the neck and shoulder area. Along with the black-coloured v-neck, Adidas has retained the black stripes around the shoulder region – similar to the current kit’s design. There appears to be a new ‘snake skin’ pattern to the shirt too.
Of course, this is still not a final version and there is no confirmed date on when Adidas will be unveiling United’s new home kit either. For one, the Red Devils are expected to replace TeamViewer as their principal shirt sponsor after the USA-based company indicated their desire to end their partnership as soon as possible, as early as the end of the season.
So there will be a new sponsor name brandished at the centre of the home kit in the final version. For the time being, however, it appears that the general design will be like this and not all fans are impressed by it. Some United fans seem to like this design, appreciating the kit’s simplicity and especially the black stripes inserted in it too.
However, there are a number of fans who are not at all pleased with the design of the kit. Some fans are demanding a change in the shirt sponsors, which will happen once the club is able to find a new shirt sponsor to replace TeamViewer. Some believe that the design is just too average and Adidas hasn’t put in enough effort to make the Red Devils stand out as a ‘top team’.
For the time being, however, it remains to be seen when Adidas launches this kit. If recent history is any evidence, then the kit should be launched just before the start of United’s pre-season campaign in July and be ready for them to wear in their pre-season games in the USA.
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