Manchester United have released the first official pictures of their third kit for the 2020/21 season – with the leaked ‘zebra’ kit turning out to be true.
Posed by a group of players – and also club legend David Beckham – the shirt is most certainly eye-catching, with a hacked design resulting in pattern of black and white stripes at contrasting angles.
The shirt first leaked online many weeks ago and has been mocked by supporters for its pattern, which has seen it dubbed the ‘zebra’ kit.
Some have called it Man United’s worst ever shirt, while others believe the design is to hypnotise opposition players during games.
𝗘𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽𝗲𝘀.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 8, 2020
An Adidas statement explained the design choices:
“From United’s first striped kit over 100 years ago, to the eye-catching designs of the 1970s and 80s, the latest release aims to provide a fresh update to tradition, while delivering a vibrant new print.
“To create this new design, adidas re-drew, hacked and re-imagined combined elements from various jerseys throughout the club’s long history to create a bold new pattern. Utilising United’s iconic club colours of red, white and black the kit is an original story with a modern update.
“The result is surprising, unexpected and demonstrates a continued ambition to push the boundaries of shirt design.”