According to the cub’s official website, the new strips “pays homage to the incredible 1998/1999 season in which United made history by becoming the first team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in one season.”
The retro design has a distinctly 90s feel about it and honours the minutes in which now-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham scored their goals against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
They do this by emblazoning the minuets – 90+1 and 90+3 – on each sleeve to celebrate the moment which happened 20 years ago.
Although this harks back to one of the protest moments in the club’s recent history, many supporters were left baffled given the current state they find themselves in.
After a season in which they failed to qualify for the Champions League, some accused the club of living in the past and even went so far as to say they are becoming the ‘new Liverpool’.
“We live on PAST GLORIES now,” one angry fan said on Twitter.
“Living in the past FC,” another agreed.
Another added: “Still clinging to the past.
A fourth noted: “We’re the new Liverpool fans.”
And another said: “Nostalgia fc. Obsessed with the past. State.”
United, though were keen to put a positive spin on the new release and they will wear it for the first time in a Treble Reunion match later this month.
On paying tribute to the treble-winning season, a statement on the website read: “Twenty years on, it remains a unique achievement – unmatched by any other English club.
“The iconic Treble was clinched following an epic UEFA Champions League final, in which United battled back from 1-0 down to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Barcelona, with injury-time strikes from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“The new shirt acknowledges the minutes in which those historic goals were scored with 90+1 and 90+3 printed on the sleeves.
“The dates of the FA Cup final win over Newcastle United and decisive Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur are also displayed, along the bottom of the shirt.
“Meanwhile, the home goalkeeper jersey has a tiger pattern featuring a dark purple two-tone design, inspired by the top worn by our legendary no.1, Peter Schmeichel, during the 1998/99 season.
“Another new addition to the United shirt is a commemorative crest, which takes inspiration from the shield seen on the chests of our Treble-winning heroes 20 years ago.”