Manchester United have revealed their new third kit for the upcoming season which has been designed a fan.
However, the new gray strip bears a remarkable similarity to the infamous gray kit from the 1995-1996 season, that was voted as the club’s worst ever kit in a fans’ poll in the Manchester Evening News.
The strip has gone down in Premier League folklore after Sir Alex Ferguson famously ordered his players to change out of the gray number after they came in 3-0 down away to Southampton in April 1996.
The Creator Studio platform allowed fans the opportunity to design the third kits for United and five other clubs – Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Flamengo.
The new kit was created and produced as part of Adidas Football Creator Studio, a digital platform giving fans the chance to design their club’s third kit with the United competition won by Aniello Carotenuto.
All submitted kits were voted on by fans in a ‘battlemode’ that saw the most popular kits shortlisted to a top 100.
The winners for each club were then chosen by an expert panel of some of the clubs’ most iconic players and a design by Carotenuto came out on top for United.
According to the marketing material, the kit, which will be worn during the 2017-18 season, represents the powerful bond between the team and the fans.
Ferguson said, “It was nothing to do with superstition. This club went 26 years without winning the league and we didn’t think about changing the red shirts. It’s nothing to do with that at all.”
The light gray shirt is designed with a graphic showing the silhouette of the famous ‘Holy Trinity’ statue outside Old Trafford.
The statue of club icons Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law represents a golden era for the club and this unique history was the inspiration for the new third kit.
In the 1995-1996 season, Manchester United launched a new all-grey away strip – that was voted as the club’s worst ever kit in a 2013 fans’ poll in the Manchester Evening News.
The strip has gone down in Premier League folklore after Sir Alex Ferguson famously ordered his players to change out of the gray number and into a blue third kit after they came in 3-0 down away to Southampton in April 1996.
Ferguson said after the game: ‘The players couldn’t pick each other out. They said it was difficult to see their team-mates at the distance when they lifted their heads.’
The kit is available to purchase through Adidas and official club stores from Friday 21 July.
Jesse Lingard wearing the new United gray shirt
The kit is revealed by the Adidas And Machester United Instagrams Accounts on Friday 21 July.