The adidas Manchester United 2018/19 Third Jersey was revealed today, presenting a design that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Red Devils’ first European Cup win. In May 1968, Manchester United beat Benfica 4-1 at Wembley after extra time and scured the first European Cup for any English club ever.
The new Manchester United third jersey features a sleek round-collar design, featuring navy blue and a dripping graphic. The golden Man Utd and adidas logo represent the success achieved by Sir Matt Busby’s men, also blending nicely with Chevrolet’s logo on the front.
The kit was created with Parley Ocean Plastic in partnership with Parley for the Oceans, aiming to create awareness of the issue of plastic in the oceans. The shirt will be accompanied by dark navy shorts and socks, and will debut on-pitch during the club’s 2018 Summer Tour in the United States.
adidas has released a 1968 Special Edition Manchester United Jersey. This jersey commemorates the 50th anniversary of the club’s first European Cup victory.
On April 29th, 1968, Manchester United became the first English team to win a European Cup when they defeated Benfica of Portugal 4-1 after extra time at Wembley. The Red Devils were wearing blue jerseys that night.
This special edition jersey is in a darker blue, with dark blue accents. A retro look with modern details, the crew neck collar has dark blue three-stripes running down the sleeves. The front has an accented blue adidas logo across a commemorative golden embroidered Manchester coat of arms styled like the one won in that final.
The back has a solid dark body. The left side has dark blue piping to the with the date 29-05-1968 in a brighter blue accent.
Be it during the reign of Sir Matt Busby or more recently under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United is synonymous with success, dominance and global appeal. So much so that it feels as though the club has forever been operating in the upper echelons of the world game with their bright red jerseys sported by proud fans the world over.
However, not only was the team founded under a completely different name, Newton Heath, in 1878, but the 20-time champions of England did not settle upon their now famous coloring – red shirts, white shorts and black socks – until the club was a quarter of a century old.
The earliest record of the game-day attire sported by Newton Heath comes from the Sportsman’s Year-book 1880, which lists the club’s registered colors as being white with a blue cord. With many teams of that era wearing white shirts as they were the cheapest and most readily available, it was common practice for a colored cord to also be won — possibly as either a kind of belt or a sash — to make the competing sides distinguishable.
A few years later the Heathens, as they were nicknamed, came to wear half green and half gold shirts in the early part of the 1890s – although there is some belief that the jersey was divided in green and gold quarters rather than halves, but there is no definitive evidence to clarify.
Soon after, the Manchester club took a step closer to the contemporary layout which we see today, as they donned white and red shirts, with the Athletic News Football Annual 1892/93 stating that Newton Heath had registers these as its colors for that season, with the design again being alternating quarters.
However, it is believed that this new look was not in place for long, with a reversion to green and gold made, albeit this time in stripes, and then on to predominantly green with a gold trim.
In 1902, Manchester United was born. The powerful behemoth of a club as we know it today came from inauspicious beginnings. Newton Heath’s mounting debts led to it being issued a winding-up order, essentially bankrupting it until it was bought up by captain Harry Stafford and a group of investors.
The new owners changed the name and instituted the red shirts which have largely been in place ever since – the only exceptions being a white top with a red “V” worn for a period in the 1920s, and a red and white hooped jersey worn for a single season in the mid-‘30s.
Fast forward half a century or so and United, under the auspices of Busby, were at the forefront of the budding technical leaps that were being made with matchday attire. Outdone by their European counterparts — particularly the great Hungarian team of the early 1950s who humbled the Three Lions at Wembley — England was beginning to embrace the need for lighter-weight jerseys using more breathable materials.
United and their kit manufacturer, Umbro, were leading the way, and the Red Devils were among the very first clubs to revolutionize the standard goalkeepers’ jersey, forgoing the heavy, woollen pullover style for something more akin to the tops being worn by the outfield players.
In 1998, the Red Devils became the first team to have a zip-up collar on its shirt. There were initially fears that the zip could prove dangerous, potentially causing injury if the jersey was tugged from behind by an opponent and the metal zipper failed to give. But there proved to be no such issue as Umbro made sure that the zipper would slide open under any small amount of tension. The jersey was not allowed in European competition, however, and United wore a similar jersey with a v-neck and no zipper.
Red, white and black may have been the established color scheme for more than a century, but United had not quite seen the back of the green and gold of its infancy.
Firstly, the green and gold halves design was reprised as an away jersey between 1992 and 1994 – a shirt which remains popular among fans to this day and often sells for three-figure sums on auction websites.
Then, when American billionaire Malcolm Glazer and his sons bought a controlling stake in the club in 2005, saddling United with hundreds of millions of pounds of debt, many fans decided to leSymbolic of the club’s humble beginnings and the values that its fans hold dear, green and gold scarves were worn to games at Old Trafford by many supporters in the early years of the Glazer era, and some remain to this day.
As a mega-power of world football, it is easy to assume that Manchester United has enjoyed a charmed existence, but the club has undergone uncomfortable changes and upheavals throughout its history; the varying shirt colors stand as a fitting representation of the flux.
It’s hard to imagine a team that has had a bigger impact on the Premier League than Manchester United. They are the most successful team in English soccer with a record 20 league titles and a record 12 FA Cups (tied with Arsenal). Up until the retirement of manager Sir Alex Ferguson the Red Devils dominated the Premier League and became one of the most famous teams in soccer.
Between the establishment of the Premier League in 1992 and Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 Manchester United won 13 league titles, more than all other teams to win the league combined. Ferguson served as manager from 1986 to 2013, making him the longest tenured coach in the club’s history. He was also the most successful, winning a total of 38 trophies.
In his first two seasons the team finished in 11th place, and the team’s victory in the 1990 FA Cup likely saved his job. Manchester finally won another league title in 1993, its first in more than 25 years. In 1994 the Red Devils won both the league and the FA Cup, marking the first double for the team. The most successful year came in the 1998/99 season when Manchester United secured its 12th league title, 10th FA Cup, and its second UEFA Champions League title to become the first English club to complete the treble.
Manchester United initially began as Newton Heath LYR F.C. in 1878 by the workers at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway depot. In 1902 the team came under new ownership and the name was changed to Manchester United F.C.
The club won its first league title in 1908 and secured its first FA Cup in 1909. Another First Division title came during the 1910/11 season, but it was another forty years before the club raised another trophy.
In 1945 legendary manager Matt Busby stepped in as coach. The late 1940s saw several second place finishes, and another FA Cup win in 1948, but it wasn’t until 1952 that the Red Devils won the league again. The team was famously known as the ‘Busby Babes’ because of its relative youth, the average player being only 22. The Babes won back-to-back titles in the 1955 and 1956 seasons.
In 1957, following their impressive league success, Man U became the first English club to play in the European Cup. Disaster struck in 1958 when the team’s plane crashed in Munich, Germany killing 21 people, including eight players. Many more were injured, including Busby. The team soldiered on, rebuilt and found itself back on top soon enough.
George Best joined the team through the Manchester youth system and lead them to an FA Cup in 1963. Soon after the Red Devils won the league in both 1965 and 1967. Things got even better in 1968 when United became the first English club to win the European Cup when they defeated Benfica, 4-1. This squad also included Manchester United legends Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, who are the second and third highest-scoring players in Man U’s history.
The ’70s and ’80s weren’t particularly successful decades for the club, except for an FA Cup win in 1977 and back to back Cups in ’84 and ’85. It wasn’t until the arrival of Alex Ferguson in ’86 that Manchester became the dominant force it is today.
When Ferguson retired in 2013 he was replaced by former Everton manager David Moyes. Despite being the hand-picked successor, Moyes struggled and he was replaced by Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal. Van Gaal brought the team back to the Champions League in his first year, but finished in fifth in the following campaign. Despite leading the team to its 12th FA Cup victory Van Gaal was let go at the end of the 2015/16 season. In his place the team signed Jose Mourinho. In his first season he won the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa league, making him the first manager in the club’s history to win a trophy in his first season.
For more than 100 years Manchester United has played its home games at Old Trafford. The stadium is also known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams,’ a nickname given to it by Man U legend Bobby Charlton, and is one of the most famous grounds in soccer.
Old Trafford was originally designed to hold 80,000 people. Renovations throughout the years have made it shrink in size but it’s still the largest club soccer stadium in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 75,643. This also makes it the third largest stadium in the country overall, and the eleventh-largest in Europe.
Chairman John Henry Davies felt a team that had won both the league and the FA Cup deserved a larger stadium. Davies donated the funds for the construction of what became Old Trafford. It was designed by Scottish architect Archibald Leitch, and construction began in 1909. Old Trafford was completed in February, 1910, and the first game was a match between Manchester United and Liverpool.
Throughout the years the stadium has seen its fair share of renovations and repairs. Old Trafford was used as a military depot during World War II. It was hit by bombing raids that rendered it unusable, so United shared a stadium with Manchester City from 1941 to 1949. In 1951 the roof was restored and games resumed at Old Trafford.
In 1990 it was converted to an all-seater stadium, lowering the capacity to 44,000, the smallest in its history. The popularity and continued success of Manchester United throughout the ‘90s meant a lot of work had to be done to accommodate what was quickly becoming one of the most popular teams in the world.
In 1995 the North Stand was demolished and rebuilt to host games for the Euro 96 tournament. The new stand added more than 25,000 seats, bringing the capacity to back over 55,000. Further additions were made to both the East and West Stands to allow for 68,217 people to attend matches. This made Old Trafford the largest team stadium in the U.K.
The grounds were expanded again in 2006 with another 8,000 seats being added, bringing the grand total to more than 75,000. The next renovation for the stadium will be the building of additional seating for disabled fans, expected to be completed in time for the 2017/18 season.
Best Games Played at Old Trafford
1939 FA Cup Semi-Final: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Grimsby Town
1966 World Cup Group Stage: Portugal 3 - Hungary 1
Euro 96 Semi Final: France 0 - Czech Republic 0 (Czech Republic Wins 6-5 on Penalties)
1970 FA Cup Final Replay: Chelsea 2 - Leeds United 1
2003 UEFA Champions League Final: A.C. Milan 0 - Juventus 0 (Milan Wins 3-2 on Penalties)
Since it was founded in 1878 Manchester United has become one of the most revered and successful clubs in all of soccer. With a record 20 league titles it should come as no surprise that these teams have featured some truly iconic players over the years.
World Soccer Shop looks at these incredible teams and picks five legends that have left an indelible mark on Old Trafford. These aren’t in any particular order, but each player contributed to the team’s history in their own way.
Ryan Giggs (1990-2014) - Manchester United Jersey #11
George Best (1963-1974) - Manchester United Jersey #7
Bobby Charlton (1956-1973) - Manchester United Jersey #9
David Beckham (1992-2003) - Manchester United Jersey #7
Wayne Rooney (2004-Present) - Manchester United Jersey #10
With a record 19 league titles, 13 of them coming in the Premier League era, it’s obvious that the front of the Manchester United jersey is a hot place to be. Despite being such a high profile club, only five companies have had the privilege of gracing the front of this illustrious jersey. World Soccer Shop wants to explore the lucky businesses that have sponsored the Red Devils over the years.
When Manchester United announced its $80 million a year deal with Chevrolet it quickly became one of the most lucrative partnerships in the world. The deal is set to last seven years making it the longest sponsorship since United’s first deal with Sharp. While sponsored by Chevrolet the team won its 12th FA Cup and its first UEFA Europa League trophy, which was previously the only major title it had never won.
Electronic manufacturer Sharp was the first sponsor of Manchester United beginning in 1983. The initial deal cost £500,000 and lasted until 2000, making it one of the longest sponsorship deals in soccer. This predated the tenure of Alex Ferguson by three years, and lead into one of the most successful periods of the club’s history. While wearing Sharp kits the Red Devils won the Premier League six times, the FA Cup five times, and completed the treble with its Champions League victory during the 1998-99 season.
Vodafone became the sponsor in 2000 in a four-year deal that was worth a then record-breaking sum of nearly $40 million. The Red Devils won two more Premier Leagues in the 2000/01 and 2002/03 seasons. The telecommunications giant left the club in 2005 as it focused its efforts on sponsoring the larger Champions League as a whole.
Rushing in to fill the available space was the American insurance group, AIG. The company signed another record-smashing four-year deal that was worth more than $70 million. It got its money’s worth as the team won three more Premier League trophies and its third Champions League during that time. Financial issues with the company lead to the team not to renew its partnership.
After parting with AIG the club partnered with Aon, an British insurance company, in 2010. The Aon years saw the end of the Ferguson era, but not before he won two more Premier League trophies to go out on top.