At Manchester United, a black and blue tartan pattern is the new white. The Red Devils have replaced last year’s snowy, subtle away shirt with the traditional Scottish crisscrossed horizontal and vertical bands. The shirt debuts Thursday.
The team will wear the new Nike Dri-FIT jerseys away from Old Trafford as a tribute to legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot retired following last season to end a career glowing in glory, having amassed an unbelievable 38 trophies in 26 seasons. Incredibly, he guided the Red Devils to 13 English Premier League crowns, parading the streets of Manchester with the club’s record 20th EPL title in tow.
If any man is deserving of a season-long hat tip, it’s Sir Alex. Fittingly, fellow Scotsman David Moyes, who comes in from Everton, follows him in guiding England’s most successful club.
Though so-dubbed the Red Devils, Manchester United has worn blue away shirts in several seasons past. Most memorably, they sported blue in the 2008-2009 campaign to recognize the 40-year anniversary of their first European Cup triumph.
Moyes will feel comfortable sending his charges out to compete in the familiar blue, of his former Merseyside club, and tartan, of his homeland.
He seemed assured in his first press conference as Manchester United manager, telling reporters her feels, “incredibly privileged” to succeed Sir Alex.
“I come to a club where the word ‘success’ is tattooed right across its badge, so my job is to continue that,” he said. “This club is about winning trophies and it’s something I’m looking forward to doing. I’m hungry to do it. I’m driven to try to succeed.”
The likes of Premier League Golden Boot Winner Robin van Persie, captain Nemanja Vidić and legend Ryan Giggs, still playing for the club 23 years after his debut, will certainly help.
This will be the last away shirt with AON across the chest as Chevrolet will begin its $559 million, seven year sponsorship deal next season.
Win or lose, this is a historic season at Manchester United. Help make and remember the new era in the latest away shirt.