The mixed reaction to last season’s home kit hasn’t stopped Manchester United from unveiling another tartan style kit for their 2013-14 away kit, prompting rumors that Nike got a really good deal on kilt material at one point.
They unveiled their new change strip while on their preseason tour of Japan.
They took the Premier League trophy with them? That must have been tough to get through airport security. We can’t even get a bottle of mineral water through in our hand luggage.
The official statement on the club’s website, ManUtd.com, stated:
The new away shirt, unveiled during the club’s preseason tour in Japan at Osaka Castle, features the gingham used on last season’s home shirt with a bigger, bolder design.
The shirt’s large black and midnight navy gingham checks represent Manchester’s proud industrial past when the check was produced in the city’s booming cotton mills in the 18th century.
Do you like the new Manchester United Away Kit?
However, the kits are made from recycled (probably from old kilts) polyester and not cotton, despite “Manchester’s proud industrial past”. The club's website states that “the kit is made from recycled polyester as part of Nike’s commitment to produce performance apparel with reduced environmental impact.” But with a men’s short sleeve shirt, without printing, available for pre-order at £55, there is obviously a commitment to produce performance apparel with maximum financial impact.
Needless to say Rio Ferdinand, Tom Cleverley, Patrice Evra, Shinji Kagawa and Johnny Evans looked absolutely delighted to be given the honor of unveiling the new away shirt.
Appropriately, in the week where Liverpool owner, John W. Henry (no relation to Thierry or Karl), asked on Twitter (with regards to Arsenal's bid for Luis Suarez that we're guessing didn't meet Henry's valuation)...
What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
...Manchester United released this press shot of the new kit:
The kit's release proves that reported leak (which are usually as reliable as facts stated in a Wikipedia article) a few months back, like the one reported on FootyHeadlines.com, was in fact correct.
The footballing world have been reacting to the Premier League champions' kit launch. There has been usual cynicism that meets any new kit launch:
We think Benjamin fails to see that transfer policy and kit design are probably from two different departments within the club.
Conor MCFC weighed in with his, unbiased judging by his username, opinion on the kit:
The united away kit looks like a table cloth again!!— Conor MCFC (@Conor_9320) July 25, 2013
The new Man Utd away kit is almost as bad as last years home kit. Are Nike's designers drunk? pic.twitter.com/hkonNBu6PT— Dean Southby (@dean3b) July 25, 2013
The Man Utd away kit looks almost identical to the one they did 2 years ago— Phil (@PhilSam_) July 25, 2013
Dean Southby doing his own take on John W. Henry's tweet, there.
There was also some positive reaction on Twitter:
I personally think the new away kit looks great. Something different. pic.twitter.com/UO0fbMX0yg— ManUnitedSource (@ManUnitedSource) July 25, 2013
Manchester United unveil 2013-14 away kit - now thats an away kit, looks like man of steel's costume— Peter busolo (@Peterbusolo) July 25, 2013
And some looked at the bigger picture. Literally:
Rooney isn't pictured wearing the new away kit. He's probably off to the same club Walcott joined after not featuring in Arsenal's calendar.— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) July 25, 2013
What are your thoughts on Manchester United's 2013-14 away kit? Give us your thoughts in the comments section.