Man United unveil vibrant green 2022-23 third kit, but how do other top clubs compare?

Manchester United have unveiled their new third kit to the world but are unlikely to be the envy of their rivals.

The kit is said to be directly inspired by 1990s fashion culture, although there are also elements of Manchester United’s ‘graphic identity’, represented in the all-over geometric print pattern.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s also the color of a particularly venomous Amazon tree frog. No wonder Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t make himself smile after being busy modeling the heinous thing.

The green stripe looks particularly out of place when paired with United’s new home and away kits for this season – both superb, retro-hued designs that have proved instant hits with fans.

The award-winning red home kit is a tasteful amalgamation of several classic United kits from years past, from the early 1990s through to 2015. The white away kit was also dotted with subtle historical visual references drawn from several decades’ worth of United replacement kits come.

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United’s ultra-bright green shirt is just the latest example of a growing trend in contemporary football shirt design circles to try and push the envelope when developing deliberately divisive third stripes.

From gaudy to downright devilish, more and more big clubs are being foisted with ‘unconventional’ third kits that appear like calculated tricks to generate buzz on social media and create a bit more buzz on release day.

Luckily, some clubs have successfully bucked this particular trend, proving to their contemporaries that it’s still possible to release a sleek, understated, and desirable third kit today.

Making pink look good is a challenge, but Arsenal have used the heraldic ‘ermine’ pattern found on their historic club crest as a starting point and released a beautiful blush pastel colored third shirt.

Inspired by the color of playing cards (yes, seriously!), Bayern’s new black stripe is accented by a contrasting, monotonous red border. Exquisitely cuddly, the Bayern changing room certainly shimmers atmospherically in the floodlights and is a trump card on European nights.


That’s not to say that all third kits released for the 2022-23 season are winners, with several notable clubs sticking to the format of going unnecessarily wild in their efforts.

In fairness, Spurs’ new blue and navy design is an improvement over their really, really terrible purple third kit from last season, but that really is the definition of condemning it with faint praise. Hypnotic for the wrong reasons.

The shirt is meant to resemble the famous Mancunian worker bee, but that doesn’t explain why City also factored an aggressive fluorescent hue of yellow and black stripes into the equation with a “spray paint” effect.

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Emma Bowman

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