Manchester United had invited their numerous supporters worldwide to design the club’s new third kit. This was the first time that the German brand which had signed a record-breaking £750 million deal with the club has involved the fans in the process of designing the new Red Devils kits. The kit is expected to be formally launched towards the end of July 2017.
The kit commemorates the 1968 European Cup triumph and shows the Trinity Statue displayed outside Old Trafford featuring club legends George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton as well as the Sir Matt Busby statue. The shirt has a light-grey base colour with a darker shade of grey on the collar and sleeve cuffs. The Adidas trademark stripes appear in white on the shoulders. The shirt is expected to be worn with white shorts and light-grey socks.
The European Cup Final 1968 was played at Wembley Stadium in front of 92,225 spectators on the 29th May 1968 between winners Manchester United and runners-up Benfica from Portugal. On their route to the Final, Manchester United had beaten Hibernians from Malta (4-0 aggregate), Sarajevo from Yugoslavia (2-1 aggregate), Gornik Zabrze from Poland (2-1 aggregate) and Real Madrid from Spain (4-3 aggregate). The match against Benfica finished 1-1 when Sir Bobby Charlton scored on the 53rd minute and Graca equalised for Benfica on the 79th minute.
In extra time, Manchester United scored three goals through George Best (92nd minute), Brian Kidd (94th minute) and Sir Bobby Charlton (99th minute). With this win spearheaded by successful manager Sir Matt Busby, Manchester United became the first English team to win the European Cup, 10 years after the Munich tragedy took away the lives of eight players.