This is the heartbeat of Manchester

Tuesday 12 April 2022 13:00

Two worlds collide as United and adidas proudly announce an exclusive collaboration with legendary Mancunian artist, Peter Saville.

Fusing football and music into one way of life, this capsule celebrates what it means to be a Manchester United fan, and explores how integral the DNA of this great city is to our club. 

One of the most iconic pieces of album artwork in pop-culture history, Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ is synonymous with a culture-defining era, and has become instantly recognisable as not only a symbol of great music but unrivalled passion too.

Not only is it one of Saville’s most famous pieces of work, but it’s also a symbol of Manchester’s cultural edge. 

The United x Peter Saville collection drops on 18 April.

To commemorate this collaboration, the iconic piece of artwork has been reimagined using Manchester United players' heart-rate data, adorning the different pieces of apparel that feature in the collection.

Taking data from both the men’s and women’s players during competitive games, the instantly recognisable 'pulse-wave' design has been redesigned by Saville to bring a new meaning to the relationship that football and music share. 

The collection isn’t just a celebration of this great city, it’s a representation of its passion, determination, and cultural significance both on and off the pitch. The ‘pulse-beat’ design showcases the unique energy of Manchester, which certainly can’t be found anywhere else. 

“A Manchester heart beats different. It’s a place where people do things with an energy that permeates. Within this special collection, football and music become united,” said Peter Saville.

Inigo Turner, adidas design director, said: “There is a vibrancy that drives the city of Manchester to continuously evolve.

“From the energy in music, fashion and supporting the biggest club in the world, there is an appeal to the culture that fuels the fans whilst fusing it to the realms of creativity and expression.”

The exclusive collection features a two-piece tracksuit, long-sleeved jersey, short-sleeved cotton T-shirt, and scarf, as well as a limited-edition adidas Spezial sneaker, which will be made available exclusively via the adidas CONFIRMED app.
The MUFC Peter Saville Collection will be available to adiClub members from 18 April via the adidas online shop, and the Manchester United club online store. Sign up to adiClub today to get first access.

You can sign up for more information on this collection here.
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