Manchester United may have had their most forgettable season yet since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. It was a campaign marred by highs and lows, strung with much hope, but one that had to still face the melancholy of disappointment in the end.
Nevertheless, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems eager to face next season with a vengeance and everything points out that the club is headed for much hard-work in the pre-season break.
Now, supporters of the Red Devils have their first look at the jersey that their players will sport during what they hope will be a year of redemption.
United unveiled their new home kit on a website, with a statement reading: “The classic design pays homage to the incredible 1998/1999 season in which United made history by becoming the first team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in one season. Twenty years on, it remains a unique achievement – unmatched by any other English club.”
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) May 16, 2019
The leaks in the buildup to this announcement appear to be accurate as the statement goes on to reveal more details about the unique jersey:
“The new shirt acknowledges the minutes in which those historic goals were scored with 90+1 and 90+3 printed on the sleeves. The dates of the FA Cup final win over Newcastle United and decisive Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur are also displayed, along the bottom of the shirt.
“Another new addition to the United shirt is a commemorative crest, which takes inspiration from the shield seen on the chests of our Treble-winning heroes 20 years ago.”
Further, the goalkeeper’s kit also carries an addition that pays a special homage: “The home goalkeeper jersey has a tiger pattern featuring a dark purple two-tone design, inspired by the top worn by our legendary no.1, Peter Schmeichel, during the 1998/99 season.”
That year was one that Red Devils still sing about and now it remains to be seen if this jersey acts as a catalyst for the Mancunian giants to taste glory yet again.