"A bold new pattern," says Manchester United's press release that accompanies the launch of their new third kit this morning. That's one way of describing it alright.
United's new kit will leave opposition hoping they might actually get a walkover because it looks like a bloody pedestrian crossing. They say:
adidas and Manchester United today present the new 2020/21 season third kit, introducing a visually distinctive design, inspired by striped jerseys from the club’s history.
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.
The players will wear the top with white shorts and white socks but fans will be able to purchase shorts that have the same 'distinct' pattern.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 8, 2020
Unsurprisingly, it has inspired a massive reaction.
It looks like someone tried turning newcastle on and off again, but it's still fucked. https://t.co/EKMzxh5g0j
— Spen 🇬🇧🇺🇬 (@spen_c) September 8, 2020
Pictured first 11 in your third kit? pic.twitter.com/dCzySuHrcr
— Nana Carsley (@Carsley_1) September 8, 2020
Me trying to justify buying this kit to my mates. pic.twitter.com/dPBvP55BVi
— Greg Wingham (@GregFS92) September 8, 2020
Free box of sweets with every order pic.twitter.com/dZv37fT5zr
— John (@John98789413) September 8, 2020
The inspiration behind the kit pic.twitter.com/oWFF9CaqkH
— YegoVincents (@YegoVincents) September 8, 2020
The Homer Simpson design car version of our jersey ???? pic.twitter.com/Ozx8CCtETe
— RedDev43 ? (@43easydone) September 8, 2020
Fridge looks really cool in man United 20/21 kit pic.twitter.com/7dPWdtAd5g
— ⒶⓊⒹⓊ (@CFC_AUDU) September 8, 2020
Reminds me of blue steel? pic.twitter.com/MX9lT7FvGR
— Kate Culhane (@CulhaneKate) September 8, 2020
— Brian (@bmanbrian2000) September 8, 2020
The kit is available on www.adidas.com, adidas stores, and official Man United club stores - including online at United Direct - from today, before it becomes available in in wider select retailers from 15 September.