Manchester United launched their new kit collection of 2023/24 in front of the season, seeing them in traditional colours, but for those remembering George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, it could looked a bit different.
The early 60’s football kits were basically made to seperate two teams from each other, having a minimalistic look, as from earlier periods being in other designs and different looks.
Man Utd won the 1968 European Cup wearing all blue, and also had an all white shirt in those days. This season The Red Devils will also wear that all white look with red combinations, as an alternative 3rd kit.
The new 3rd kit is another historical journey, as it draws inspiration from the club’s early away strips, introducing a fresh interpretation of the classic green colour. Maroon-red lines punctuate white blocks, reminiscent of the city’s distinctive red bricks and architecture. The night-green base represents the urban landscape that Manchester is renowned for, providing a perfect canvas for the bold, vibrant design. Completing the silhouette is a stylish white ribbed crew-neck collar.
The history of the Man Utd home kit and colours are fascinating to look back on as it will you bring you back and forward inside different shapes and use of colours red, white and black. When you first got your eyes on the kit from those days of the 60’s you believed it was red, white and red and that was it, but history tells another story.
Man Utd started their years in football as Newton Heath LYR, being founded in 1878. Their change of name to Man Utd happened in 1902. In those early years they had different colour combinations, starting out in white and blue, moving on to a yellow and green shirt with different colour changes of the shorts.
The first time they appeared in the traditional red jersey was when the became Man Utd and for that reason colours of the club with their name as we know it, has traditionally been a red jersey, mostly combined with white shorts and red stockings, but from 1971 had stockings in black, with stripes of red and white in different combinations.
At present Adidas is the brand of the kit and has been so since 2015. Nike, Admiral, Umbro are other suppliers in the past, as the mystical path of football kits do have a special place in the heart and brain of a football fan.