Manchester United launched their 2016/17 home jersey as part of their pre-season tour of China. The 2-tone red jersey is inspired by the club’s early years as the Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Football Club and the coat of arms for the city of Manchester.
New Heath LYR was known for their halved green/yellow jerseys and adidas, in their second year as technical sponsor for the Red Devils, adopted this halved look for the team. The right side of the jersey is a darker red from the left side with the sleeve colors reversed.
“We looked back into the history of Manchester United shirts and decided it was a good time to refer to the half-and-half design which was first worn by Newton Heath for the club’s first-ever jersey,” Inigo Turner, who works in adidas’s licensed football department, told the official Manchester United website.
The 2 sides of the jersey are separated by a honeycomb design used on the coat of arms for the city of Manchester.
“The honeycomb graphic is inspired by the coat of arms of Manchester,” Inigo went on to add. “Within the coat of arms, there’s the worker bee. The worker bee symbolises how Manchester United sees itself as a football club and the attributes that the players need to have when they go out on the field of play.”
The crew collar is in the lighter shade of red and the adidas 3-Stripes are white and run down the side of the jersey under the arm to the waistline.
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White shorts with red adidas stripes on the side, and black socks complete the kit.
The Red Devils will debut the new look in a preseason friendly clash with Manchester Derby foe Manchester City in Beijing on July 25th (editor’s note – this game was cancelled due to poor pitch).
The Manchester United 16/17 home jersey is available at World Soccer Shop.