Man Utd are planning to make 'historic change' to one of their kits next season
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Manchester United will drop the club crest from their third kit for the 2023/24 campaign and replace it with an image of a devil, according to reports.
From the 1970's onwards, United's famous crest has featured a red devil, the words "Manchester United" and a three-mast ship that represents the club's industrial heritage.
It has been a permanent feature on every kit for decades but it appears the classic design will be altered by kit manufacturers Adidas for a more minimal look.
According to The Athletic, only a devil will be displayed on the chest of next season's third kit, which is an off-white colour and will be used when the away shirt, which is dark green with white stripes, is not possible.
It must be noted that United's home and away shirt for next season will feature the classic badge, but the third kit will have the devil as its sole image.
TeamViewer, meanwhile, will remain as a sponsor on the front of United's shirt next season, despite the German company deciding against renewing the deal past 2026.
#mufc are making an historic change to one of their kits next season by dropping the club crest and replacing it with an image of a devil. [@lauriewhitwell]— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) May 29, 2023
Reported images of the three kits below: pic.twitter.com/0BkVV1hxQj
Back in December, the Premier League club released a statement confirming they have agreed to buy back the rights to their £235 million contract.
"After a period of collaborative, private discussions over the past months, Manchester United and TeamViewer AG have reached a mutually-beneficial agreement under which Manchester United shall have the option to buy back the rights to the club's shirt front sponsorship," the club said.
"Having agreed its partnership with TeamViewer at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Manchester United will be taking the opportunity to commence a focused sales process for a new shirt front partner in a normalised market."
United added: "Once a new shirt front partner is selected and takes on this role, TeamViewer will continue as a valued member of Manchester United's suite of global partners, providing Manchester United with remote connectivity solutions, until the end of the original contract term in 2026.
"Since July 2021, TeamViewer has benefitted from unparalleled global exposure as the most talked-about shirt front partner in world football, following the most visible launch for a football club partner in the digital era.
"TeamViewer's financial commitments to Manchester United remain unchanged whilst they remain the club's shirt front partner, after which their financial commitments will reflect their status as a global partner.
"No further announcement will be made until Manchester United has selected a new partner to replace them on the front of its iconic shirt."
Adidas have got history when it comes to changing badges for a more simplistic look. Back in 2021, Arsenal's famous club crest was replaced for the first time in 31 years.
Inspired by their 1971 FA Cup win, the club crest featured the iconic cannon on its own.