11/02/2011 16:34, Report by Nick Coppack

Reds model new gear

When nine of United's first-team squad gathered to model Nike's new line of leisure wear and training kit, was given unique behind-the-scenes access to the photo shoot.

After spending the morning training with their team-mates at Carrington, Darron Gibson, Fabio, Bebe, John O'Shea, Antonio Valencia, Wes Brown, Tomasz Kuszczak, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling strode over to the Academy building and onto the indoor football pitch. Set up in the far corner was a photographer's backdrop, a makeshift changing room and a clothes rack full of the latest Nike gear.

The new 2011 range includes hoodies, polos, graphic-print T-shirts, as well as pre-match tops, warm-up jackets and elite training tops. Each item combines cutting-edge style with high-tech performance.

Never shy, Tomasz Kuszczak was first to step in front of the camera and you could tell he was enjoying it. In fact, he was having so much fun the photographer had to ask him to "try and look angry". That only made him laugh more.

The other players then posed – first individually, then as a group – before a select few changed into training gear and joined fitness coach Tony Strudwick for some basic conditioning work.

To launch a gallery of images from the shoot, click on the main picture above.

You can purchase the garments, as modelled by the players, in the Megastore and online, through Kitbag, at


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