Manchester United have unveiled their new home kit ahead of the new season. A giant image of the team in the new Nike-produced kit adorns the East Stand window at Old Trafford.
The players will wear it for the first time during their first match of their Asia Tour against Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan later this month.
The front of the new home shirt features an engineered mesh pattern inspired by the architecture of Old Trafford and the contours of the body. On the back a flash of white tape frames the name and number with a fine black stripe, MUFC and the Red Devil emblem inside. As a final touch there is a label with the Red Devil emblem and the nickname 'The Red Devils.' White shorts and black socks complete the kit.
It has been made using Nike Dri-FIT fabric which helps transport moisture away from the skin to the fabric’s surface for rapid evaporation, keeping the players comfortable for longer. It's already a popular design with the squad and they believe the fans will be equally impressed.
"It’s very important to feel comfortable when you’re playing and hopefully this kit will be a good one for us in all types of weather conditions," Wayne Rooney told ManUtd.com.
"It’s quite simple and traditional which is the way I like the kits to be," added skipper Gary Neville. "I’m sure the fans will like it."
Fans should visit myspace.com/manutd to see more images and a behind-the-scenes video from the kit shoot with the players. Supporters can post their views on the kit and also win a signed shirt.
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New #10 Unveiled
Wayne Rooney is changing his United squad number from 8 to 10 for the forthcoming season and beyond.
To mark the switch, Wayne met probably the club's greatest ever number 10, Denis Law for a special photograph at Carrington.
"When I was offered the chance to wear the number 10 shirt I jumped at it," says Wayne.
"Some of the game's greatest players have become legends wearing number 10, none more so than Denis Law.
"He was crowned King of the Stretford End during his time at the club and it is a great honour for me to wear a shirt that has such history behind it."
Rooney's manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne is a worthy addition to the roll-call of players who've worn the iconic red shirt.
"There have been some wonderful footballers who have worn the Manchester United number 10 shirt," says Sir Alex.
"These men have captured the imagination of our fans around the world with their skill and their goals. Wayne is the right man to carry on that tradition and I'm delighted that Denis Law was able to pass on the mantle."
United have yet to confirm who will replace Rooney at number 8, or which numbers will be worn by new signings Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves.