Manchester United’s new Adidas kit could have a muted launch and make its first appearance in a reserve team fixture in August, reports The Telegraph.
On 31 July, Man United will be parting ways with Nike after 13 years of sponsorship comes to an end. As a replacement, Adidas will become United’s kit manufacturer once again in a deal which is worth £750m over a ten year period.
Although United would undoubtedly want to launch their new kit on the pre-season tour, Nike’s current deal doesn’t expire until after the team has returned from USA and they have rejected the proposal to end it early in order to let the new Adidas kit be unveiled.
Going off last year’s poor start to the season, Louis van Gaal decided to cancel any lucrative friendly at Old Trafford after returning from the pre-season tour at Old Trafford because he wants as much preparation time as possible which would certainly a good thing for the players.
However, if there is an U21s or U18s game between August 1-7, before the Premier League starts, then they would wear the new Adidas kit for the first time before the senior squad.
Adidas wouldn’t be happy with it but Van Gaal has control and has exerted it by shaping United’s pre-season plans around exactly what he wants to do, something which benefits the players but could potentially anger some sponsors.