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Manchester United & Manchester City Kit Comparison - Over the Years

11 August 2020
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Take a look back into the past where we will cover some of the most iconic and stylish home and away Manchester United and Manchester City kits over the years. In addition, we will be reviewing both Manchester clubs current kits for the 2019-20 season, as well as taking a dive into the future at speculative shirts ahead of next season's Premier League campaign. From Manchester United's infamous all-black away strip in 1994, to Manchester City’s memorable white and claret shirt from back in 1996-97. Check out 10 top Manchester United and Manchester City kits in our complete guide - you do not want to miss out on adding some of these to your football shirt collection!

Manchester United 2019-20 Home Shirt

To kick things off with Manchester United’s current kit, is their home shirt manufactured by Adidas for this 2019-20 Premier League campaign. The Red Devils switched things up ahead of this season by revealing their new 20-year record-breaking treble anniversary crest. Over the years Manchester United have worn a memorable red and white badge on their kits; however, this time around they opted for an all black shield badge with their notable crest printed on top - but here is the catch, it is in gold! In addition to their new black and gold crest, the Adidas logo is black as well as other small black details around the neck and sleeves. The features which really makes this shirt so special, are the subtle details on each of the sleeves. United and Adidas have printed a number honouring the memorable goals scored during ‘that’ night in Barcelona when they secured their second Champions League trophy in style against Bayern Munich. The back of the shirt is also detailed with the dates of each trophy victory and the outside hem is finished off with “Treble Winners”.

Manchester City 2019-20 Home Shirt

Moving on to the other side of Manchester, City have also changed things up on their current 2019-20 home shirt. For the first time in their history, the Sky Blues have added purple to their home kit. Kit manufacturers Puma teamed up with Manchester City to create their commemorative 125 years kit, by printing “125 years” under their iconic club crest.

The addition of purple to their shirt initially took many fans by surprise, though it soon became a classic and one for the archives - you do not want to miss out on adding this limited edition commemorative shirt to your collection!

Manchester United 1988-90 Home Shirt

There is no other way to show your support for one of the greatest teams in English football, than by showing off Manchester United’s home shirt from 1988-90.

This shirt was iconically worn during their 1990 FA Cup final triumph against Crystal Palace and it has all the features a modern shirt would have. This Manchester United kit also has the iconic classic Adidas logo printed next to their crest, and the v-neck collar makes this truly unique - one of the best retro shirts to buy!

Manchester City 1982 Home Shirt

This has to be one of the most slick and stylish Manchester City kits of all time. It features the clubs' first-ever kit sponsor ‘SAAB’ printed in the center of the shirt, and subtle white stripes running down the jersey, as well as the Sky Blues iconic crest. This shirt also features a distinct sky blue and white v-neck collar and sleeves, and you can tell which club it is as soon as looking at it!

Manchester United 1992-93 Away Shirt

Worn during the inaugural Premier League season which the Red Devils famously won for the first time. Manchester United’s infamous all blue strip features a black collar along with their iconic crest printed across the shirt in a subtle darker blue shade which really places this shirt into club history. This Manchester United kit has a one of a kind tiger-like pattern which does not compare to any Manchester City kits.

You can become part of history too with this historic shirt!

Manchester City 1996-97 Away Shirt

A rather unique away shirt worn by Manchester City over the years, though it is sometimes overlooked. This special retro shirt was worn during the City’s 1996-97 campaign after they were unfortunately relegated from the top flight. The shirt features a diagonal cross between white and claret, whereas Manchester City’s iconic crest is displayed in the centre of the shirt below kit manufacturer Umbro’s logo, and is printed on top of a darker blue badge with a gold outline.

Manchester United 1994 Away Shirt

Certainly one of the most sleek-looking away Manchester United kits over the years is their away strip from 1994. Worn by top goal-scorer Eric Cantona who scored an impressive 25 league goals during the Red Devils double winning campaign as they claimed back-to-back Premier Leagues, as well as the FA Cup and Community Shield ahead of their next season. For the first time in club history, Manchester United switched things up with this all black kit with navy blue and yellow accents, and it did not disappoint!

Manchester City 1978 Away Shirt

Moving on to one of the best looking Manchester City kits from this rivalry, the Sky Blues 1978 away shirt is truly special! The shirt features the clubs famous red and black diagonal sash across a plain white shirt. Uniquely, Manchester City’s crest is featured on the left side of the shirt which is uncommon in many kits today, and the collars are also in a plain white which makes it stand out from the rest. This football shirt is so slick and stylish that it can even be worn on a night out with jeans, or dressed down with a tracksuit.

A Look Into The Future For Manchester City’s Kits

Looking into the future at what next season holds for Manchester City’s kits, they have yet to be confirmed by the club; however, their partnership with kit manufacturers Puma will continue for the second successive year. Despite the long awaited reveal, Manchester City’s official Spanish account hinted at a concept kit which could be close to Puma’s final design. The concept away kit was a modern version of their fan favourite 1978 away shirt, but with a black collar and a few more fresh details/patterns. 

On the other hand, various sources have claimed to have access to ‘leaked’ Manchester City kits including their new home, away, and even third kit for the upcoming campaign.

In addition to the home shirt leaks, Manchester City’s away and third shirts are thought to feature very strange patterns. The away shirt is supposedly predominantly black with a mix of dark denim, and it is similar to the mosaic-inspired home shirt with inspiration from Manchester’s buildings and architecture. The logos and kit sponsors are apparently going to be in copper/gold, and is very different from any previous kits they have worn. The third shirt has already been widely criticised and has even been described by fans as a ‘coronavirus inspired’ kit which is not a good look for the Manchester club. The shirt is actually based around a paisley pattern, and neither kits are like the rumoured remake of their 1978 classic. 

A Look Into The Future For Manchester United’s Kits

Manchester United are yet to announce their new kit ahead of the 2020-21 season just like rivals City; however, many sources online have claimed to have seen the Red Devils new home and away shirt for their next campaign. The ‘leaked’ home shirt is manufactured by Adidas once again, and this time they have reverted back to their iconic crest to replace their 20-year commemorative badge worn during this season. In addition to this, Adidas’ logo has changed back to white, and the rest of the shirts highlights are in white rather than this season's one-off black. The main new feature to this new kit is the subtle black and yellow striped graphic which runs through the shirt horizontally, meshing with the red base to create a unique effect. It is also thought that Manchester United will wear both white shorts and socks alongside this shirt; however, it can also be noted that black socks would not be uncommon for the club. The original announcement date for the home kit was planned to be during July, though this may be pushed back to a later date due to the current pandemic.

Manchester United’s new away kit was originally set for launch in May 2020, and it will still be the first to be announced by the club as soon as there is an official release date. United have apparently switched things up with this dark army green jersey with monochrome off-white logos and a subtle snake-like print horizontally across. The Adidas shorts and socks are thought to be in dark grey, and the famous Adidas three stripes are to be in white. Of course these leaks are just speculative; however, they cannot be overlooked as it is more than likely that these will be the kits of both clubs for next season. As soon as these kits are revealed by each club, you can find the best prices and check out where to buy/preorder them ready for next season - keep an eye out on our site for more news on these kits for both Manchester clubs!

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