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Manchester United’s new away kit is a throwback to the 90s

The Adidas number is “inspired by the 92”.


Manchester United’s away kit for the 2017-18 season has been released, and it’s a true throwback. In a very obvious nod to the away shirt worn by United for a couple of years from 1990, Adidas have brought back the bold and iconic pattern that, according to their marketing spiel, “defined football shirt design for an era”.

However, instead of the blue and white pattern present on the original, the new kit is a sleek black, and, even the cynics here at The Busby Babe have to concede, it looks quite good. Retro, in general, always plays well, and so far the new strip appears to be receiving similar acclaim. It means next season will be the first time United have a black change strip since 2010.

Unfortunately we don’t have many photos of the original 90s number in our database, but we do have one of Teddy Sheringham and Steve Bruce’s back. Enjoy.

Teddy Sheringham of Nottingham Forest and Steve Bruce of Manchester United