Manchester United look set to pay tribute to the glory years of the 1960s and the famed George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton ‘trinity’ with their new 2021/22 home kit.
After months of digital mock-ups and pictures of blurry prototypes, leaked images of the kit being worn by Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes show that this is actually the real deal, with an official launch expected to be imminent.
The red home shirt, which will be the first to have software company TeamViewer as the sponsor, has a simple and classic look. A subtle striped graphic adds to the design, but the standout features are the boldly contrasting white round neck and thick white sleeve cuffs.
It immediately gives off throwback vibes to the United kits worn in the 1960s, when Matt Busby led a re-born team to league titles in 1964/65 and 1966/67, before conquering Europe in 1968 and becoming the first English club to lift the European Cup.
Best, Law and Charlton each won the Ballon d’Or during the 1960s and the ‘trinity’ is immortalised in statue form outside the front of Old Trafford.
The biggest clue that the new kit is a direct tribute to that glorious era comes from Pogba’s gesture in one of the images. The Frenchman has his arm up and is pointing the sky in celebration, mimicking the gesture from Law in the statue, which was unveiled in 2010.
All three of United’s kits for the coming season have clear nods to the past. A blue and white away shirt is reminiscent of the change strip worn between 1990 and 1992, immediately before the Premier League era, which was also recently recreated for the hand-drawn Human Race collection.
Meanwhile, a darker blue third shirt evokes memories of the away kit worn in the first Premier League season in 1992/93, with additional vibes from the black kit used between 1993 and 1995.
Both the away and third kits for the new season are also yet to be officially released.
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