KUALA LUMPUR: Has Manchester United scored an own goal with its new kit? Fans seem to think so.
Many are horrified over the new design Nike unveiled on Wednesday, likening the chequered red shirt to a 'tea cloth' when they caught sight of the club's new 'Gingham' kit - their fourth kit in as many seasons.
The UK's Daily Mail reported that
Nike chose the design as a nod to Manchester’s cotton industry during
the formation of the club in 1878.
The shirt bears the slogan: 'Forged in Industry, Made of Manchester'.
But disapproving fans left messages on United's Facebook page, comparing the new jersey to a tablecloth and 'something Rupert the Bear would wear'.
The newspaper quoted an unidentified club spokesman as saying that the new look was 'historical, unusual and a bit different".
"Gingham was invented in Manchester going back to when it was known for its cotton mills".
Despite the team gaining nearly 25,000 likes on its Facebook page, fan sentiment over the new look remains divided.