manchester united players have had to resort to wearing replica kits during matches as the approved Adidas lothing is too tight for them.
As a result, the sportswear giants are now scratching their heads trying to find a solution after a number of complaints from Red Devils stars. None of the United players are believed to have worn the official home socks since the second game of the league season back in August.
According to mail sport the tight kits have been an issue for just about every player in the squad, including goalkeeper Andre onana. The Cameroon international had initially donned the professional shirt, designed to be tighter than the one made for fans, but sources now claim he has opted to change to the looser, replica fit of the supporters shirt.
Onana stuck with the adidas-approved gear until October’s 2-1 win away at Sheffield United . From that point onwards, the £47.5million shot-stopper has bid farewell to the old shirt and welcomed a more comfortable new one.
Ironically, a kit-related issue plagued United’s goalkeeper last season when David de Gea claimed his kit was too baggy. Alterations have clearly been made without Onana’s wider frame in mind and as a result the 27-year-old is suffering.
A plethora of outfield stars have even gone to manager Erik ten Hag with their complaints over the fact that the socks feel too tight on their calves. A number of United players often cut holes in the back of their socks anyway, but Ten Hag’s men have opted to wear the fan-issued socks for now ever since August’s 2-0 defeat away at Spur
Adidas are expected to have sorted the problem within the next month. One source told MailSport the German sports titans are planning to make some “light amendments.”
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It is unclear how much of United’s poor form can be put down to the kit troubles, with the Red Devils losing five of their opening 10 league games this term. Their last outing came in the form of a humiliating 3-0 defeat on their own patch against local rivals Man City.
Up next is a Carabao Cup clash at home against NUnited in what is a repeat of last season’s final. Ten Hag’s side came out on top that day and will need to do so again if they wish to have any chance of retaining the trophy.