The new Manchester United away kit for 2010/11 combines club history with new age technology - as every shirt will be made entirely from recycled polyester, each created from up to eight plastic water bottles as part of Nike’s ‘Considered Design’ programme.
The club’s away shirt this season will be white with a black and red trim – with a bold chevron print on the sleeves.
Aon, the new shirt sponsor, features on the front of the shirt whilst inside the shirt, on the back of the club crest, is the club's mantra “Believe”. The message sits right next to the heart revealing every Manchester United fans’ Inner Pride while the symbolic Red Devil sits on the sleeve of the shirt and the shorts to add the finishing touches to the kit.
“As we look at how we design and develop products and run our global business, it’s not enough to be solving the challenges of today,” said Nike spokesman Charlie Brooks. “We are designing for the sustainable economy of tomorrow, and for us that means using fewer resources, more sustainable materials and renewable energy to produce new products. We’re proud to be a sponsor of Manchester United and to help them achieve their environmental goals.”
Considering the environment doesn’t mean sacrificing the renowned high performance of Nike’s kits, and the new Manchester United away strip has been engineered to give players a greater competitive advantage than ever before, keeping players drier and more comfortable, allowing them to maintain their optimum body temperature and perform at their peak on the pitch.
The improved Nike Dri-Fit fabric, now 13 per cent lighter than previous kits, helps to quickly evaporate moisture by drawing through the fabric to the surface and keep players dry.
Innovative ventilation zones are placed along each side of the jersey to enhance breathability, by up to 7 per cent compared to previous kits, and allow air to pass across the whole torso. These zones have up to 200 tiny laser cut holes, backed by Nike’s innovative halo application which prevents ripping without reducing air flow. An additional ventilation zone is placed below the waistband on the shorts at the base of the spine.
The jersey’s new double knit structure gives it a sleeker appearance, while offering 10 per cent more stretch, and also boasts a new dynamic fit, cut to follow the natural contours of the body while allowing for maximum airflow and movement.
United defender Patrice Evra said: “It’s really nice and very comfortable and I hope we can win every trophy in this shirt. I like how Nike has put the word ‘believe’ on the inside of the crest. You always have to respect the United shirt and I hope we will enjoy a lot of success in this one.”
The kit is available for pre-order in the UK and Ireland from 4 August and will be available in stores from 23 September.
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