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Manchester United players opt for replicas amid kit problems, adidas promises to fix them

It seems the Red Devils are experiencing some discomfort this season, and it's not just on the pitch.

Players have raised complaints about their adidas kits being uncomfortably tight, particularly the stitching on their home socks and the goalkeeper jersey.

Multiple players in Erik ten Hag's team have reportedly found their socks to be too snug, with some even resorting to cutting holes in the fabric to alleviate the tightness.

The stitching of the club's devil logo on the socks is said to be the main culprit in making them fit too tightly.

To address this issue, adidas has temporarily replaced the socks with identical ones minus the logo, with plans to fix the stitching in the future.

Onana will get custom-made jersey

But the sock problem isn't the only kit-related woe for Manchester United.

Cameroon international Andre Onana, who was specifically provided with a closer-fitting goalkeeper jersey, found it too tight for comfort.

Instead, he has switched to a looser replica version, suggesting the adjustments made in anticipation of a closer fit may have been miscalculated.

However, it's noted that Onana has a larger frame compared to his predecessor.

Last season David De Gea, expressed his own kit discomfort to adidas, stating that his jersey was too baggy.

It appears that attempts to address this issue by making adjustments for Onana's arrival have had unintended consequences.

Other Manchester United players have voiced dissatisfaction with the tightness of the socks on their calves, leading some to take matters into their own hands by cutting holes in their socks.

The club has responded to this concern by temporarily switching to fan-issued socks.

Fortunately, the issues plaguing Manchester United's kits are expected to be resolved by the end of November.

Other teams also facing kit issues

These kit problems are not unique to Manchester United.

Other Premier League clubs, such as Aston Villa and Newcastle United, have also experienced kit-related issues this season.

Villa's players complained that their Castore shirts became heavy during matches, affecting their performance, while the women's team had concerns about visible sweat patches.

Newcastle United, which had been supplied by Castore since the 2021-22 season, has taken steps to switch to adidas for their new apparel starting from the 2024-25 season.

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