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My favourite United kit: Goalkeeper shirts

Wednesday 18 November 2020 10:50

This week saw the launch of ‘United Kit Revisited’ - a celebration of all that is great and good about Manchester United kits.

The online exhibition contains many never-before-seen artefacts from our museum, while we explore the history of United’s first-ever colours, hear from a former Reds skipper on his all-time favourite jersey and much more.

We’ve also encouraged you, the fans, to get in touch and share your memories and pictures of United jerseys from over the years, through our Memory Vault.

With everyone else detailing their most-loved kits, we thought we’d have a go, and our writers have selected which United goalkeeper shirt is their favourite….
Mark's kicked us off with this cracker. Here he is wearing his selection as a child - sadly, he's not this cute anymore!
Mark Froggatt, senior digital editor: “I was obsessed with goalkeeper kits as a child of the ‘90s and I think that’s because they were a bit crazy back then, like Jackson Pollock had been commissioned to create the most colourful shirts he could imagine. Looking back, I was lucky enough to get our 1997/98 edition for my birthday that summer and I instantly fell in love with it. Those dark green stripes, mysterious swirls, black sleeves and centred crest were so eye-catching, and I barely took it off. There was one small problem though: back then, the material was thicker than old leathery boots and my birthday was in August, usually while we were caravanning in France, so my decision to wear it every day in the heat was more than questionable.”
Lars Magnus Igland Roys, club journalist: “I’m a keen football shirt collector, and picking just one favourite is tough. Having spent my younger days between the sticks, I think the choice is even harder! All the goalkeeper shirts from 2007 to 2013 were brilliant, in my opinion. In more recent times, the purple and pink one from last season stands out. But, my favourite would have to be the 2007/08 green shirt which Edwin van der Sar wore in the Champions League final, when he saved Nicolas Anelka’s penalty. Quite possibly the finest moment for a keeper in United’s history.”
Lars's choice is influenced by an iconic United moment.
Michael Plant, club journalist: “When it comes to kits, I’ve always preferred a simple, clean design. No crazy patterns, horrible colour clashes or anything too alternative - sorry ‘90s fans! I’m also not too keen on collars, and I prefer round-necks instead of v-shaped. I’m not picky… honest. For that reason, the sleek, modern shirts appeal to me and I was always a big fan of the keeper jersey for the 2016/17 season. Black and red always work well together and the shirt just looks smart compared to some of the greens, yellows and oranges you often see today.”
Sleek, subtle and modern - this strip ticks all the boxes for Michael.