We accept that there are bigger concerns at Manchester United now than their kits, but, as we mentioned in this piece, this week was one we were waiting for:
However, again according to the documentation, the red/black/red kit is listed as the club’s first choice, so the above may just be a shorts-change for the Young Boys tie.
We will await their first home game, against Valencia on October 2, with interest.
Well, it turns out that the white shorts against Young Boys were because of the clash, with the socks presumably changed for a better aesthetic.
At home to Valencia on Tuesday night, United will wear their home kit in its default format.
It will be the first time since 2004-05 that the club will have worn black shorts at home in Europe – they did it against Sparta Prague and AC Milan in that campaign. Incidentally, black shorts were also used at home to Red Star Belgrade in the 1991-92 European Super Cup (only one leg was played due to the political situation in Yugoslavia at the time).
Celebrating their centenary season, Valencia’s home kit for this season features white shorts and black socks. They will be in all-white at Old Trafford: