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What The Hell Is That? Manchester United’s New Zebra Kit Creates A Stir On Social Media

Football fans around the world have reacted with astonishment after Manchester United revealed their new third kit - a black and white zig-zag pattern reminiscent of a psychedelic zebra.

The kit was revealed on the club’s website at 8am GMT on Tuesday, 8 September, and within minutes Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were buzzing with jokes and memes.

​Manchester United have won 13 Premier League titles in their traditional red shirts and white shorts and their away strip is a charcoal grey kit but this season they will be sporting a new third kit in occasional games where there is a colour clash.

On the club's website it says Adidas and Manchester United have teamed up to produce “a visually distinctive design”.

​The zig-zagged jerseys are inspired by United’s first striped kit over 100 years ago and United say: “The latest release aims to provide a fresh update to tradition, while delivering a vibrant new print.”

”To create this new design, Adidas 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,” it goes on to say.

​But the reaction from United fans and their rivals has been almost unanimously negative.

One diehard fan told Sputnik News: “It’s an absolute monstrosity, especially with the shorts. It’s a joke.”

​Manchester United’s latest signing, midfielder Donny van de Beek, is expected to join up with his team-mates this week after playing for Holland against Italy on Monday night.

​Van de Beek said last week: "I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history.”

His reaction to having to play while dressed as a zebra is not yet known.

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