By Chris Simpson
One of the very best excuses that you will ever hear in the game of football came back in April '96 when Alex Ferguson blamed this Umbro kit for his sides dismal first half performance and duly sent them back for the second 45mins in a completely different rig-out!
At The Dell, the compact former home of Southampton F.C, Matt le Tissier inspired the Saints to a 3-0 lead against the mighty Red Devils because -it is claimed- the Man Utd players were unable to pick out their teammates as they merged in with the crowd.
Swapping to a blue & white affair during the interval did not achieve much as the match finished 3-1 but it instantly brought infamy to a shirt which had already sold in vast numbers.
Production, apparently, was brought to a halt a full 2yrs early but having already been 'a factor' in defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool it was never to be seen again.
The corresponding fixture the following season seen an improvement of sorts as United ran out in the same blue & white shirts they finished the previous game with and scored three goals. Unfortunately for them though this was not enough as another dazzling le Tissier performance led to Southampton winning 6-3!