adidas Football has today revealed the Manchester United home kit for the 2018/19 season.
The team was originally formed in 1878 by the Carriage and Waggon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot at Newton Heath and initially played games against other departments and rail companies at their home ground at North Road, Manchester.
The new kit is available from adidas.com, United Direct and other official club stores exclusively for a period of seven days from today.
Rich structured engineered shell fabric is brought to life in a black to red fading on the shirt, and is accompanied by black shorts and red and black socks. There are also shirts made specifically for children and women.
Richard Arnold, Group Managing Director of Manchester United, said:
“There are many great moments in this club’s fantastic history, and none more important than the year the club was founded, back in 1878. This shirt from adidas pays homage to the year we were founded, and marks 140 years of footballing success.
“The train track graphic on the shirt is a reference to the origins of the club, when the team was known as Newton Heath (Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway) Cricket and Football Club. Again, adidas has shown how innovative they are with their designs – taking a moment from the past and reshaping it for supporters into a jersey which I am sure the fans will love.”
Inigo Turner, design director at adidas Football, said:
“The new shirt for Manchester United mixes the heritage and history of the club’s illustrious past, with modern technology and design innovation from adidas.
“When designing the kit, we wanted to tell the story of the first incarnation of the United kit, 140 years ago. Originally, the team wore dark shorts, and we’ve reinterpreted this story in a bold and contemporary way, connecting the past to the future, and combining the very best in performance with street wearability.”