Manchester United has revealed its brand new 2021/22 home kit and it’s splitting opinion amongst fans.
The kit – which is donned with new sponsor Team Viewer, the remote access computer software company – is inspired by iconic United kits of the 1960s.
TeamViewer replaces last season’s shirt sponsor Chevrolet and cost the software company a reported £235 million to sit below the club crest and Adidas logo.
Speaking about the shirt and its new sponsor, a Manchester United spokesperson said: United said: “TeamViewer’s name adorns the shirt, beneath the Adidas logo and iconic Manchester United crest, to make this home shirt feel like an instant classic.
“Whilst the ribbed collar and cuffs lock in comfort and a heritage feel.”
A selection of first team stars including Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes posed the kit’s first media shots this week.
But some fans are yet to be convinced, with one Man Utd fan tweeting: “Looks like a Sunday league football kit. One of the lads’ dad owns the company that sponsors the kit.”
Another wrote: “What is it with Barca and United making s*** kits,” while someone else tweeted: “Worst kit ever.”
United’s partnership with TeamViewer is the biggest shirt-only deal in Premier League history, worth £47m each year.
Speaking on the deal, managing director Richard Arnold said: “They weren’t the highest bidder. What they bring to us is way beyond money.
“We are tremendously proud to be establishing this partnership with one of the most exciting and dynamic global software companies.
“The ability to connect and collaborate has never been more important to the world and our community of 1.1billion fans and followers.
“We are looking forward to working with TeamViewer to bring to life our vision for a partnership built on smarter ways of connecting people and businesses.”
Piers Morgan calls Erik ten Hag an ‘arrogant deluded twerp’ after ‘disgraceful’ treatment of Ronaldo
Piers Morgan wasted no time in blasting Erik ten Hag following the Manchester derby, dubbing the manager’s treatment of Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘disgraceful’.
The 37-year-old striker was left out of Manchester United‘s starting line-up that went on to be hammered 6-3 by Manchester City and wasn’t even brought on despite the Dutch coach making all five substitutions.
Ronaldo fan first and Arsenal fan second, Morgan criticised the United manager’s squad selection and further decision to leave him on the bench in one of the biggest games in the season.
As you can see, not only did he take issue with ten Hag’s claims that he chose to keep Ronaldo out of the six-goal thrashing “out of respect for his big career“, but even he went so far as to label him an “arrogant deluded twerp”. Not like Piers to get Personal…
While the scoreline may have made it look like the red half of the city had some foothold in the game, anyone who watched will know that was far from the case, as those wearing blue went in at half-time already 4-0 up.
Even most United fans couldn’t even make it to half-time.
The 57-year-old broadcaster and journalist went on to say that “the way [ten Hag’s] treating Ronaldo is disgraceful”, with many also questioning why newly signed and experienced Casemiro was left out of the starting 11.
On the other hand, some fans branded the footballing veteran’s behaviour as ‘childish’ and questioned his conduct over the course of the last few months:
The Portuguese star has played just 207 minutes in this year’s Premier League campaign and has just one goal so far: a penalty which came in a Europa League game against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.
The derby day mauling saw United’s run of four wins brought to an end and the team pick up their third loss of the season. They now sit in sixth place though still with a game in hand on those in the top three.
Superintendent Phillip Hutchinson, Silver Commander for the operation, said that more than 60 fans were hit with a dispersal order and made to leave the area.
Hutchinson went on to warn that “Disorder and violence at football matches is unacceptable and we have launched a post-match investigation to identify more offenders who will be arrested and placed before the courts, where we will seek football banning orders.
It was only last month that Latics player Hallam Hope was ‘seriously injured’ following an assault in the car park after a home game against Chesterfield.
Wrexham, still riding the wave of positivity after being bought by celebrity owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, went on to beat the north Manchester side 2-1 with a last-gasp winner in the 95th minute.