Manchester United home kit launch delayed

The launch of the new Manchester United home kit has been delayed after it was expected on Friday (July 1st).

Footy Headlines say that the kit was supposed to come out on the first day of the month but it could now come out a week later.

The strip could not come out before July because DXC Technology have taken over from Kohler as the sleeve sponsor.

That agreement did not kick in until July, and that led to the expectation that the new shirt would come out at the earliest possible opportunity.

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New Manchester United home kit delayed

Leaked pictures have already shown the design we expect for the new Manchester United home kit for 2022/23.

Adidas are certainly not playing it as ‘safe’ as the popular 2021/22 home kit. It has a 1990s feel to it.

None more so than the collar, made iconic by former star Eric Cantona, who famously went ‘collar up’ and had the on-pitch flair to back-up his rebellious stylistic approach.

Like all new kits, this one will divide opinion at first, and then we will all get used to it. Even the famed ‘zebra kit’ of 2019/20 grew on supporters, and was gone before we knew it.

Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

We cannot rule out the prospect that United are delaying the kit launch for a week so that some new signings can be involved in the launch.

United fly out for their pre-season tour on Friday, and Erik ten Hag apparently wants as many new faces signed, sealed and delivered by then as possible.

So if the kit does come out then, we could see Frenkie de Jong, Tyrell Malacia, or even Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez in it.

That would be some way to announce some new signings and hopefully a new era, as United go in search of silverware in this new strip.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.