Manchester United New Kit: Red Devils' 2013-14 Jerseys Make for a Unique Look
Manchester United will sport new kits in 2013-14, bringing back the "Cantona collar" made famous by former Red Devil Eric Cantona during the 1990s.
It's unlikely that all of the United players will wear the black collar turned up like Cantona was famous for years ago, but the ones that do will reveal a black and grey design unique to the powerhouse club.
Here's a look at the gingham check design under the collar of the new kits, via the Daily Mail's Matt Lawless:
There's nothing that stands out about the jersey from first glance, but there are actually two side vents on the shirt that feature the same black and grey check design that can be seen on the collar.
Like most others, these kits feature Nike's Dri-Fit technology, designed to keep sweat away from players over the course of a match. While it doesn't alter the look of the new kits all that much, it's a notable performance feature.
While you may disagree with the look, the kit changes are certainly warranted as the reigning English Premier League champions begin a new era under first-year manager David Moyes next season. The new-look shirt is a tribute to the club and city's rich history, and might as well serve as a visual to mark the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Old Trafford.
According to Nike, who designed these new kits, the design "celebrates United's successes and Manchester's industrial heritage," via Lawless.
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United will unveil new kits a year from now, per Lawless' report, so if fans aren't too keen on this year's, they won't have to wait long for change.
The shorts are much less complex than the shirts. Players will wear the classic white shorts with a black stripe along the hem. The kit is capped off with black socks that feature a white stripe between two red ones wrapping around the calf.
According to Lawless, the shorts are polyester and made up of recycled plastic water bottles.
Manchester United may not repeat as Premier League champions in 2013-14, but the Red Devils certainly won't be mistaken for any other English club in attempting to win back-to-back league crowns and their 21st overall.
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