Inspired by Manchester’s industrial heritage, Nike have offered Manchester United a gingham-style away kit in black and midnight navy colours.
The 2013-14 away kit will be unveiled during the club’s pre-season tour in Japan at the Osaka Castle. The gingham design, that was also used on last season’s home shirt, represents Manchester’s proud industrial past when the check was produced in the city’s booming cotton mills in the 18th century.
The collar is a black round neck and on the back of the shirt, on the neck, is a white woven devil from the Manchester United club crest. The club crest at the heart of the jersey is an embroidered in midnight navy and white colours.
The new away shorts are midnight navy with a thin navy blue stripe on the hem at the back while the new away socks are navy blue with a white stripe between two black stripes, with the traditional United bar design.
The kit is made from recycled polyester as part of Nike’s commitment to reduce environmental impact of its products. The shirt and shorts of each kit are made from up to 13 recycyled plastic water bottles.
The fabric uses the Nike Dri-FIT technology to draw sweat away from the body to keep players cool and dry. Tiny laser-cut holes under the arms and at the shorts waistband, act as ventilation zones to allow additional comfort and cooling.