Adidas has today reunited with Manchester United to reveal the new home kit for the 2015/16 season. Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world. The club has 659 million fans globally, making it one of the world’s most-supported football clubs.
Taking inspiration from classic three-stripe United kits from the 1980s, adidas have reengineered these iconic designs with a modern twist, taking familiar style features that were loved by the fans and combining them with the latest performance technologies to produce innovative, modern classics. The new-look shirts include the latest in adidas lightweight and breathable technologies to ensure the players take to the pitch with the most innovative kit design ever.
The new home kit, which will be debuted in the opening game of the season at Old Trafford, features a classic v-neck collar and three-stripe design down the shoulder. There is also a graphic design on the hem of the shirt taken from the 1990 shirt famously worn by Ryan Giggs in his debut season.
The design of the new kits has been a personal passion for adidas designer, Inigo Turner who is a lifelong United fan. Turner comments:
"At adidas we have been on a real journey in creating these new kits for Manchester United. This landmark sponsorship is not the first time we have partnered with the club and it is with these iconic kits of the past that we drew our inspiration from.
"We have aimed to break expectations by reengineering simple but impactful design features such as the classic v-neck collar and the iconic three-stripe detailing down the arms as our commitment to giving Manchester United a truly ground-breaking kit for the 2015/16 season."
The new-look shirts will be launched as part of the 'Break Expectations' campaign, released by adidas to demonstrate the start of a new era for the football club as they return to the UEFA Champions League and start the 2015/16 season. The campaign imagery and short films are inspired by the club’s iconic trident taken from the club crest and used by the players to set the tone for the forthcoming season.
Manchester United group managing director Richard Arnold comments:
"Everyone at Manchester United is very proud of the shirt’s classic design, which draws upon the club’s iconic kits of yesteryear. Manchester United and adidas have a long and illustrious history in football, both leading the way in innovation and performance.
"The design of the 2015/16 kit will not only appeal to our loyal supporters, it will also showcase adidas’ expertise in creating state-of-the-art performance products for the football industry.
"We look forward to sharing the designs for our complete adidas range with fans via our 100m social media connections, as well as seeing them within the stadium and on the streets, creating a new classic design culture, opening a new chapter in Manchester United’s history.
"We are proud to welcome adidas back to the Manchester United family and look forward to a successful and exciting future together."
Steve Marks, adidas sports marketing director for Manchester United commented:
"This special club has always broken expectations. Sir Alex Ferguson’s historic success, Beckham from the halfway line, the unlikely victory against Bayern Munich in '99, all of these moments demonstrate a club with not only a proud history but also a reputation for success and the unexpected.
"adidas is immensely proud to be part of that history and to be returning once again as partners of Manchester United football club for another 10 years."
The home kit will be available to buy from today at adidas and Manchester United's own retail stores, specialist sports retailers and e-commerce channels worldwide.
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Manchester United is delighted to announce that Bastian Schweinsteiger has completed his transfer from Bayern Munich. Bastian joins on a three-year contract.
Schweinsteiger, 30, has made 500 appearances and scored 70 times for Bayern Munich since his debut in November 2002. During his time at Bayern Munich he has won over 20 major honours including an incredible eight Bundesliga medals. The German international midfielder has 111 caps for his country and is their current captain. He was an integral part of Germany’s World Cup-winning team in 2014.
Bastian Schweinsteiger said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bayern Munich, it has been an incredible journey and I didn’t take the decision to leave lightly. Manchester United is the only club that I would have left Munich for. I feel ready for this new and exciting challenge in what I regard as the most competitive league in the world and I am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal again.
"I will never forget my time at Bayern Munich and I would like to thank everyone at the club and the fans for the great memories."
Louis van Gaal said: "Bastian is, of course, no stranger to me. I worked with him during my time at Bayern Munich and I am truly delighted he is joining Manchester United. His record speaks for itself; he has won every honour at club level and was a major part of the successful Germany World Cup-winning team last summer.
"Bastian is the ultimate professional and there is no doubting his talent and his ability to control games. He brings a wealth of experience and is an excellent addition to our squad."
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Manchester United is delighted to announce that Morgan Schneiderlin has completed his transfer from Southampton. Morgan joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
Schneiderlin, 25, has made 253 appearances and scored 15 times for Southampton since his debut in 2008. The French international has made nine appearances for his country.
Morgan Schneiderlin said: "I am delighted to be a Manchester United player. Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make. I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart. But the chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss.
"I’m excited to be starting that journey on our trip to the USA. I know what Manchester United means to fans all over the world and I’m looking forward to experiencing that."
Louis van Gaal said: "Morgan is a very talented player with great energy and ability. His skills will complement the players that we already have and I am very pleased that we have been able to complete this deal before the tour to the United States. That training camp will be very important in our preparations for the new season and gives Morgan and the other players a chance to show our fans what they can achieve together."
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Manchester United is delighted to announce that Matteo Darmian has completed his transfer from Torino. Matteo joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.
Darmian, 25, has made 146 appearances and scored 5 league goals for Torino since his debut in 2011. The defender has 13 international caps for Italy and was part of their World Cup squad last summer in Brazil.
Matteo Darmian said: “It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. I have loved the time that I have spent at Torino and I would like to thank the club and the fans for everything they have done for me. I am sure they can understand when the opportunity to join the biggest club in world came along it was something I had to do.
"To work with Louis van Gaal, a manager that has achieved so much in football is such an exciting prospect."
Louis van Gaal said: "Matteo is a right-sided full back with the versatility of also being able to play on the left. He is a strong defender and has the ability to go forward in the attacking positions which is a fantastic attribute to have and much needed in the fast rhythm of the Premier League.
"Matteo will be a great addition to the team. I am delighted to welcome Matteo to the club and look forward to working with him in the coming days."
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Manchester United winger Nani has completed a move to Fenerbahce.
The Portugal international spent last season with his former club Sporting Lisbon but has accepted the offer of a fresh challenge in Turkey after arriving in Istanbul over the weekend to finalise the transfer.
Following his signing for the Reds in the summer of 2007, the 28-year-old made 230 appearances and scored 41 goals. He was part of the team that won the 2008 Champions League, calmly converting a key penalty during the shoot-out victory over Chelsea in Moscow, and produced some marvellous individual performances.
Fenerbahce are one of the potential opponents for Louis van Gaal's men in the Champions League qualifier next month.
Everybody at United would like to wish Nani every future success in his career.
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Phil Jones has signed a new contract at Manchester United which keeps him at the club until at least June 2019 with an option to extend for a further year.
Jones, 23, made his debut for United in 2011. He has since made 128 appearances and won a Premier League title with the club in 2013.
Louis van Gaal said: "We are delighted that Phil has signed a new contract. He is a talented footballer with great versatility and can play in a number of positions.
"Phil is a relatively young defender who is developing all the time. He missed some of last season due to injury; however, I was impressed by his professionalism and attitude during those periods."
Phil Jones said: "I am delighted to have signed a new deal. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and am looking forward to continuing my development as a player.
"This a great club to be part of and I cannot wait to start the new campaign. I would like to thank the manager, coaching staff and fans for their continued support."
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Manchester United have announced that Memphis Depay has completed his transfer from PSV Eindhoven.
Depay, 21, made 124 senior appearances and scored 50 times for PSV after coming through the club's youth system and was the Eredivisie's top scorer this season with 22 goals in 30 games.
The Netherlands winger was shortlisted for the Young Player Award at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and joins for a reported fee of £25 million.
Depay told the official website: "This is a dream come true for me; to play for the biggest club in the world and also to have the chance to work with someone who I believe is the best manager in the world, Louis van Gaal. I have great belief in my ability and I work hard to strive to achieve my dreams.
"I have been at PSV Eindhoven since I was 12 years old and I would like to thank them for everything. It was a great moment when we won the league and I was so happy to be part of that. This is now a new chapter in my life and one that I am looking forward to."
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal added: "I know Memphis well from our time working together in the Netherlands national team. He is a young versatile player who has the ability to play in a number of different positions.
"It will take time for Memphis to get used to the rhythm of the Premier League but I have no doubt that he has the potential to become a great footballer for this club and he is at the right club to continue the good work he has done so far."
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**For Memphis Depay's biodata, click here.
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