Man Utd Launch New 2018/19 Adidas Home Kit Inspired By Choo-Choo Trains (Photos)

Chris Wright

17th, July 2018


Photo: Adidas Football (via @ManUtd/Twitter)

Manchester United have revealed their new home kit for the 2018/19 season and, rather splendidly, it’s all inspired by choo-choo trains.

To celebrate the club’s 140th anniversary, United have taken inspiration from their founding fathers – namely the local railwaymen and carriage workers who clubbed together to start the Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Cricket and Football Club in 1878.

Adidas have chose to doff their cap by including a ‘train track’ graphic on the new United shirt, which are the black bands you can see across the lower torso.

Photo: Adidas Football (via @ManUtd/Twitter)

For the first time ever, United’s red home shirt will be accompanied by black shorts and black socks as an official primary colourway – again a reference to the dark shorts worn by Newton Heath during their first two years of existence.

Inigo Turner, design director at Adidas Football, explained the crux of the new kit via the United website:

The new shirt for Manchester United mixes the heritage and history of the club’s illustrious past, with modern technology and design innovation from Adidas.

When designing the kit, we wanted to tell the story of the first incarnation of the United kit, 140 years ago.

Originally, the team wore dark shorts, and we’ve reinterpreted this story in a bold and contemporary way, connecting the past to the future, and combining the very best in performance with street wearability.

What’s the verdict, Pies fans? It’s not awful by any means, but we’re still struggling to get over that chintzy Chevrolet sponsor marque.

Yay or nay?

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  1. jackie wilshere says:

    i used to get excited by all the preseason kit launches. now i am just bored of reading about “nods to the past” and “heritage designs”

    • Chris Wright says:

      @Jackie: Yep. It’s about time somebody earned their corn by attempting something new.

      Unfortunately, there’s a lot of money to be milked from the nostalgia market.

  2. Fart Garfunkel says:

    Eh, the “railroad tracks” are just some extra stripes. However, the black shorts and socks might be a nice change of pace from the usual home kit. About the biggest difference you could expect from a team with a traditional primary color scheme.

  3. Geraldo says:

    Black socks have been a part of their home kit since 1902, with the exception of 1961 to 1971 when they opted for red socks so it’s only the shorts that are changing.

  4. Bruno says:

    I don’t like it, it would be less worse if ”Adidas” and ”Chevrolet” were written in black instead of white.

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