A blast from the past! Man United and adidas unveil new throwback collection revisiting an iconic kit from 1988-90, as Rashford and Shaw designs capture the spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson’s early years
- Manchester United went through turbulent years in the late 80s and early 90s
- However, they watched the game on the pitch with a particularly iconic third stripe
- United and Adidas have released a line inspired by Sir Alex Ferguson’s debut
Manchester United have gone back to their history books after teaming up with Adidas to release a throwback collection revisiting iconic kits from 1988-90.
To celebrate the memorable look from the era that launched Sir Alex Ferguson’s unprecedented tenure of dominance at Old Trafford, the clothing giants have produced an almost identical reproduction of the blue third stripe used for several seasons.
The ‘Man Utd x Originals’ line is designed to invoke a sense of matchday nostalgia and capture the spirit of the away days started in the former Premier League.
In a nod to the design pattern of that era, the collection, which has nine individual items, offers a modern take on one of the club’s most expensive outfits. A hoodie, t-shirts and bench jacket were also unveiled.
The centerpiece of the collection is the third jersey. The latest version, available from today, features ‘MUFC’ jacquard material and an eye-catching ribbed collar with red and black detailing along its edges.
Manchester United and Adidas have unveiled a collection inspired by the club’s 1988-90 look
A reproduction of the era’s third blue stripe is available alongside a bench jacket (left)
The third kit stays true to the original (pictured above on Bryan Robson in late 1988)
True to the much-loved original, the Adidas logo, club crest and wider iconography of sponsors associated with the late 80s have all been enhanced, with a soft textured material applied to the woven fabric to create the ‘effect.
Matching shorts with ‘MUFC’ script on one side complete the outfit.
The collection also includes a bench jacket inspired by the stylish ensemble typically worn by Sir Alex Ferguson on the touchline. However, it has been recreated as a modern winter jacket, again giving a current touch to nostalgia.
A reinterpreted version of the hoodie worn by players off the pitch is also available.
Adidas have insisted that every part of the collection is a tribute to the original pieces, and United supporters may well be salivating at the thought of reminiscing over three decades ago and reminiscing on the remarkable journey of their club.
Indeed, the period marked the start of their rise to the top of the top flight and culminated in an FA Cup triumph that likely saved Ferguson from the sack.
Ferguson, of course, went on to win 38 trophies in 26 glorious years at the club before stepping back in 2013 and being replaced by the ill-fated David Moyes.
Sir Alex Ferguson wore long coats for many of his glittering years in charge of United
Marcus Rashford models the modern version of the new jacket, which was released today
An off-pitch hoodie worn by the players features in the line, as sported by Lisandro Martinez
This season United are closing in on a top-four place after beating Wolves 2-0, thanks to the efforts of Anthony Martial and Alejandro Garnacho.
Youngster Garnacho was brought on the bench in the 82nd minute, with United maintaining a one-goal lead and swiftly scoring his fifth goal of the campaign.
Speaking after the game, boss Erik ten Hag described the striker as ‘huge talent’ and expressed his hope that he will gain confidence in the club’s crucial run-in.
“Garna scored a great goal and he did almost everything right – it will give him confidence,” said Ten Hag. “It’s good for us for the rest of the season.
“He’s back and he can make an impact, and that will give him confidence.
“One of the things about the greatest talent is, one, they take responsibility, and two, they’re mature. They have the skills and the belief that they can overpower opponents and again he has.
“He has a big impact in many games, whether it’s a start or a finish. He’s ready and straight into the game and that’s so important for the team that you can bring in young players.
“Hopefully he progresses so quickly and can compete for a starting position.” This is his challenge.
Erik ten Hag has praised Alejandro Garnacho after the youngster’s stunning impact against Wolves
Striker Garnacho was brought off the bench late and netted United’s second goal