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Exclusive: How Manchester United players reacted to new third kit

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The Adidas designers behind Manchester United’s new striped third kit say the first team players reacted positively to the shirt, as they accepted some fans may find it ‘difficult’ to like.

The striking black-and-white kit is the club’s third new strip for the new 2021/21 season, and is based on the various stripe patterns connected with United and Manchester throughout the years.

It is the finished product of a lengthy two-year process from Adidas product designers Inigo Turner and Chris Barnard, who have worked closely with United throughout to create a ‘unique’ third kit to complement the release of the new red home kit and dark away kit.

For Inigo and Chris, both lifelong United fans, being involved in a process to create a ‘generational’ kit that will be remembered for years to come is a dream come true, as they told MEN Sport how the design came about and responded to the initial reaction to the eye-catching kit in an exclusive interview.

While Adidas don’t consult with players over any future designs, largely due to the unpredictable nature of the football transfer market, the designers revealed how the reaction from the United squad and fans who have seen the kit has been overly positive.

“It’s been very positive overall,” Inigo revealed.

“We’ve done extensive testing as we do with all of our products. We know it’s a bold design but it’s been very positively received by everyone we’ve tried it on so far. Maybe for some of the older generations they’re less warming to it, but from a player perspective we’ve had good input.”

Manchester United’s new 3rd kit

While fans who have seen the designs have reacted well, Chris accepts that some may have stronger views online, but explained how that is seen as a positive.

“It’s one of those kits where everybody has a reaction to it, and that’s positive,” he said.

“With social media and everything going on people have become rather conservative and scared to try something new. It’s easy to do a traditional red, white, black kit – red being home, white being away, third potentially being black. So to do something different and to get a reaction has been really refreshing and overly positive.”

Manchester United’s new 3rd kit

Explaining the reason for the untraditional design, Inigo added: “The power of people online shouting about things, we all see it, there is a tendency for people to vent a lot.

“We appreciate it’s a difficult kit for some people but in the context of the three kits, the third kit is the area we’d like to be progressive and bold and try new things. I think probably the area most people would agree is the place to play.”

For Inigo and Chris, playing a small part in United’s season is a dream come true, from taking an interest in iconic kits of the past to joining the Adidas design team.

“To work and deal with the club you’ve supported all your life is honestly humbling,” Chris explains.

“It comes with massive responsibility, something we don’t take for granted every single day. Inigo and I go above and beyond, we try and give more. It’s exciting in the same breath, it’s an incredible journey we’ve been on but it’s amazing. You feel the pressure because you’re a fan and you know what people say and think but in the same sentence you have to carry that responsibility of the fanbase and push it forward.

“You can’t always do the same thing. Inigo and I say we try to make new memories for fans, not just replicate old memories, try and create new icons for the future. It’s exciting and great to be doing it with someone like Inigo who’s got a lot of experience in the industry.”

Manchester United’s new 3rd kit

Similarly, Inigo says that being involved in designing United kits since 2015 – including this two-year design process – is a the next best thing to actually wearing his shirts as a United player.

“It’s a dream come true,” he explained.

“It’s a bit of a whirlwind, it’s the club you’ve supported all your life.

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The reason I got into football and loved Adidas because in the 80”s my elder brothers had the red shirts with the white stripes on their shoulders, the ’82 home shirt with the white V-neck and FA Cup winners on the crest. I always had the hand-me-down shirts after that and it really got me hooked into it and football culture back then.

“To work on it now, if you can’t be a footballer then the next best thing is to do something like this. To be involved in the club and work with them and play a small part in this huge team who bring this whole thing to life is a dream for us as professionals, designers, creators but also as supporters of the club. Our hearts are invested in it as well as the work we do.”

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