Man United's new ZEBRA-themed third kit is mocked by fans online

‘Even Beckham can’t make it look good!’ Manchester United’s new ZEBRA-themed third kit is panned by fans as David Beckham, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford model adidas’ outrageous design

  • Manchester United have launched their new third kit for the 2020-21 season
  • David Beckham posted a photo on his Instagram wearing the fresh adidas gear
  • Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay feature in the launch
  • But most fans on social media were scathing of the ‘zebra-striped’ third kit

Manchester United have pushed the boat out with their new zebra-themed third kit which has generated scathing reviews from supporters on social media – despite none other than David Beckham modelling the fresh gear. 

First-team players Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay also model the kit, which club manufacturers adidas say is ‘inspired by striped jerseys from the club’s history.’

However, following Chelsea’s bold take on their third-choice kit on Monday, fans on social media have responded in a similarly mixed manner to the zebra-stripes which cover the shirt, shorts and socks, with one commenting: ‘People will use it to cross the road!’

Manchester United first-team stars Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford model the third kit

Bruno Fernandes also modeled the new kit, inspired by ‘striped jerseys from the club’s history’

Former United star David Beckham posted a photo on his Instagram wearing the new shirt

Another believed Beckham modelling the kit made no difference, saying: ‘Even Beckham can’t make it look good.’ 

But kit manufacturer Adidas have emphasised that the ‘visually distinctive design… provides a fresh update to tradition, while delivering a vibrant new print.’ 

United first wore a striped kit over 100 years ago and also wore similar designs in the 1970s and 1980s. 

The collar of the new jersey features a ‘110 years of stripes’ sign off, signifying the history of the club’s jerseys.  

Winger Dan James models the new third kit, which provides a ‘fresh update to tradition’

Right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka wears the jersey inspired by the club’s striped kits of the past

The back of the new shirt, with Paul Pogba’s name and number, which launched on Tuesday

The collar of the new jersey features a ‘110 years of stripes at Old Trafford’ sign off 

However, fans on social media were not impressed, with one saying: ‘Imagine having a zebra crossing for our third kit.’   

Generally, supporters did not seem to take it well, with one claiming it is the ‘worst third kit ever in the history of football.’ 

Twitter user @Topps1765 said: ‘Wouldn’t put my name on that embarrassment of a third kit, not even if I got it for free’ and another tweeted: ‘Who the hell signed off the third kit? It’s horrendous!’ 

Defender Brandon Williams wears the fresh gear ahead of the new season starting 

Millie Turner and Katie Zelem of Manchester United Women take part in the third kit launch

Yet adidas insist the kit ‘demonstrates a continued ambition to push the boundaries of shirt design.’ 

The kit manufacturers state that they ‘re-drew, hacked and re-imagined combined elements from various jerseys throughout the club’s long history to create a bold new pattern.

‘Utilising United’s iconic club colours of red, white and black the kit is an original story with a modern update.’ 

The kit is available today exclusively at, adidas stores, and official club stores. Wider release with select retailers will be available from 15th September 2020.

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