Manchester United’s players have complained about the kits being provided by adidas, a new report has revealed, with goalkeeper Andre Onana currently wearing a replica jersey until sizing issues are resolved.
The Red Devils agreed a record kit sponsorship deal with adidas during the summer, agreeing to a contract worth £90m per season for the next decade. After agreeing the sponsorship, Man Utd’s CEO Richard Arnold hailed adidas’ commitment to “style, flair and, most importantly, high performance”.
Performances on the pitch have been anything but high at Old Trafford this season, with United slumping to seven defeats in all competitions already – Sunday’s comprehensive 3-0 loss to Manchester City the latest reverse for Erik ten Hag to try and overcome.
Off the field, things aren’t too rosy either. Ten Hag has publicly fallen out with Jadon Sancho, to the extent that an exit from the club may be sanctioned, and Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s 25 per cent minority investment is still yet to be finalised.
The Daily Mail report that another issue United are facing are over the quality of the kits adidas have manufactured for the 2023/24 season.
United’s players have reportedly been unable to wear the official home socks matchday two, because they are too tight and restrictive to play in. Bruno Fernandes has been playing in a looser pair of replica socks, while some other while some others have instead opted to wear plain black adidas ones instead.
Andre Onana is also unhappy with the fitting of adidas’ goalkeeper jersey, claiming it is too tight, and has also been wearing a replica kit.
United are not the first club to complain about the quality of kits made for them for the 2023/24 season. Aston Villa are expected to terminate their contract with Castore early after players complained about their new home jersey retaining sweat and clinging to their bodies with a wet look.
The issues with the kit led to the women’s team “dreading” wearing the Castore kits heading into the 2023/24 WSL campaign.
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