With the 2016-17 Premier League season reaching the end, it’s that time of year where the kits for next season begin to be leaked. Liverpool’s kits were revealed last week, Barcelona’s were revealed a couple of weeks ago, revealing a new shirt sponsor, and now, according to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United’s 2017-18 kits have been leaked. The new kits are officially expected to be released in July, coinciding with United’s preseason tour of the United States.
The home kit is United’s traditional red with black and white trim on the sleeves. Unlike this season, next season’s shirt only has one shade of red. This season’s shirt has a darker shade of red on the left half and a lighter shade on the right. White Adidas stripes are featured on the shoulders and the shirt has a collar. As for the shorts, they are reported to be white and black while the socks are black. As always, the alternative has black shorts and white socks to prevent color clashes.
The away kit is black, similar to the third shirt from the 2015-16 season minus the orange trim. It has the Adidas stripes on the shoulders in white and a black collar. The third kit is silver with a design honoring United legends Denis Law, Bobby Charlton and George Best, marking the 50th anniversary of United’s first European Cup victory when the Red Devils defeated Portuguese side Benfica at the old Wembley Stadium. The three players are emblazoned in dots on the bottom of the shirt with Old Trafford in the background. This kit has no collar and Adidas stripes across the shoulder.
United are in the second season of their ten-year kit deal with Adidas. Signed in 2014, the German sportswear giant broke the record for a kit deal, paying £750 million to produce United’s kits. United previously had their kids made by Adidas until 1992 when they switched to Umbro and then Nike before reverting back. Also, with the Premier League approving shirt sleeve sponsorships, United are reportedly closing in on a £20 million deal. Bidders from the USA, China, the Gulf States and other Asian countries are said to be fighting for the chance to sponsor United’s shirt sleeves.