Man Utd have recently released their home football kit for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 Premier League Season. They have also released a third kit, but the away kit is yet to be made available. I will be adding the new away kit once it is released. For now, let’s take a look at both the new home kit as well as the third kit.
Manchester United Home Kit 2018/19
The new home kit for Man Utd has been released to celebrate the club’s 140th Anniversary.
The home kit is essentially made up of a red and black colour scheme and I think it works really well. I actually prefer the red colour top with black shorts as I always think black and red go well together. Plus Red and black separates Manchester United Football Club from Liverpool and Arsenal, two of their most fierce rivals.
There are black train tracks going horizontally across the lower part of the shirt. For those of you who don’t know, the small train track graphic is intended to pay tribute to the railway workers, who formed Man Utd in 1878 and the historical links with Newton Heath.
Red and black also happened to be the colour of the trains back in the late 19th Century so this shirt pays tributes to the roots of this football club. The shirt almost has a retro feel to it which is what I think Adidas were going for to mark 140 years of Manchester United and the whole railway workers vibe.
3 black stripes in typical Adidas style adorn the top part of the arms, although I notice the Adidas logo is in white colour rather than black. That makes sense though as the logo compliments the white writing and white Chevrolet logo in the middle of the shirt. I think black would have worked well too.
Manchester United Third Kit 2018/19
2018 is not only the club’s 140th anniversary, but also marks 50 years since Manchester United first won a competitive European match against Benfica. The third kit is several shades of deep blue with gold details where the Adidas, Chevrolet and Club badge is concerned. It looks quite snazzy to be honest and works well.
Unlike the 2018 home kit as described above, the 3 Adidas stripes run parallel down the side of the shirt between where the arm and bottom of the shirt lie in a navy blue colour. The shirt has small dotted hexigan patterns all over the front and back with a rounded crew neck.
An interesting aspect of this shirt is that it was entirely made of recycled plastic from the ocean, which is perhaps where the deep blue colour idea comes from. But for me, the gold details complimenting this blue jersey really make this third kit stand out.
Expectations for the 2018/19 Season
Last season Manchester United came under a lot of criticism, but in truth they did finish 2nd with 81 points which is decent by any stretch of the imagination. Manchester City equalled a top flight record by making 100 points and this made Man Utd’s 81 points look average. Normally 81 points would mean a team is challenging for the title but last season was an exception to that rule.
It’s also worth remembering that Man Utd, while not necessarily showing the kind of attacking prowess that they once did under Alex Ferguson, they did still look pretty solid especially at the start of last season.
Indeed, it is attacking areas that Manchester United will need to improve if they are to push Manchester City and stave off the ever improving Liverpool.
So far, they have signed Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. He is widely known as a box to box midfielder and can compliment Pogba and Matic perfectly in the midfield engine room. Fred should give Man Utd much-needed energy in the middle of the park.
They have also signed young Right back Diogo Dalot from Porto, a player who is said to be one of the best young full backs in world football right now. He has been described as a modern full back with the ability to play as an attacking winger which seems to be the trend over the past 5 -10 years, and definitely something Man Utd will need going forward.
I think if Man Utd can transition defence into attack much better than they did last season, this team under Jose Mourinho can go close again. I see this season being a 3 horse race between Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd. If Jose Mourinho can get the best out of Pogba and maybe add one or two more signings, there is no reason why The Red Devils can’t win yet another Premier League title.
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