Manchester United’s 2024-25 kits have reportedly been ‘leaked’ with supporters noticing a nostalgic resemblance. Shirts purporting to be the new jerseys for Erik ten Hag’s side next season have circulated online.
The new shirts bear the ‘Snapdragon’ logo, the sponsor that will appear on the front of their kits from next season. They also feature the Adidas logo, the club’s official manufacturing partner.
If the kits really are the ones to be worn by United next season, then Adidas have thrown it back to the 2000s when the Red Devils continued to dominate English and European football.
The home shirt, initially appearing on TikTok account UtdChants, has a striking resemblance to the kit worn at Old Trafford for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson. A black rim has prompted supporters to make comparisons to the jersey worn for those campaigns, the first in which United won the Premier League but then failed to retain their crown.
Ferguson had actually considered departing at the end of the 2002-03 campaign, although eventually U-turned on that decision and managed United for a further 10 years.
Another reportedly ‘leaked’ jersey shows United’s potential away kit for next season. The bold blue colour means it appears similar to the third-choice shirt worn in the 2005-06 campaign.
Although it is unclear if the kits are genuine, United and Adidas have previously designed kits that have been inspired by years gone by. The current black and white striped away shirt carries the colour scheme worn by some of United’s first teams.
In 2023-24, a white collar on the home red shirt bore a likeness to shirts worn in the Treble-winning 1998-99 season. It is not out of the ordinary for United and Adidas to be designing future kits with an eye on the past.
United might hope that next season’s kit brings some better results on the pitch. Although Ten Hag’s side are unbeaten since the turn of the year, a dismal run of form prior to Christmas left the Dutch head coach’s job hanging by a thread.
They were dumped out of the Champions League and Carabao Cup, and now face a battle to qualify for the elite European competition for next season. United are sixth in the Premier League, eight points off fourth-placed Aston Villa.