By Chris Wright
As of next season, Manchester United are to sell their new shirts in an XXXXL (that’s four X’s, homies) after receiving complaints from fans that the current strips just aren’t roomy enough.
The complaints were first made about United’s less-than-generous shirts while Nike were in power in Old Trafford, but the company believed there wouldn’t be enough demand for super-sized shirts and therefore refused to put them into production.
However, Adidas have since taken up the reigns and have agreed to produce a limited run of 4XL versions of their new 2015/16 shirt on a trial basis to test the waters.
As a result, a set number of 4XL jerseys will be available to order from the Old Trafford megastore when the kit officially goes on sale in August/September.
United will then monitor the sales and, if the demand is there, the shirts will become a permanent fixture in the range.
As it happens, United will become only the third Premier League club of offer shirts in size 4XL along with Newcastle and Tottenham, with the latter going one better and announcing that their new 2015/16 home shirt will be available in sizes right up to 5XL.
Here is said Spurs shirt, just to give you an idea of scale…
Anyway, we kind of sympathise with the United fans on this one.
Football shirt sizings have definitely become increasingly stingy over the past 10 years or so, with ever-thinning material and a misguided propensity for ‘athletic’ cuts also not playing into the hands of the average lumpy football fan (a category we most definitely fall in to).