Man Utd uses Wayne Rooney to flog kit – even if he wants out

Fancy new collar and go-faster stripes on the socks – perhaps Rooney will stay for a new kit like this

THE NEW Manchester United kit goes on sale today and the club is using Wayne Rooney to promote the shirt – despite the fact that the England striker put in a transfer request in April.

As The Sun explains, his desire to leave hasn’t stopped the Premier League champions exploiting his image to flog their kit for the 2013-14 season, because “he remains one of their most marketable players”.

New manager David Moyes is on holiday at the moment and has yet to decide on Rooney’s future. In the meantime, the club have dressed Rooney up in the new Nike kit which, according to the official club website, “takes inspiration from the club’s success and Manchester’s industrial heritage”.

To justify asking fans to fork out £60 for a new adult shirt, plus £25 for the shorts and £12 for a pair of socks, United’s marketing department has pointed out some of the new kit’s innovative features. They include:

  • A tailored, button-down collar boasting three buttons at the front and one at the back – “a modern twist that’s also intrinsically Mancunian”;
  • A single shade of red, as opposed to last season’s gingham-inspired check design;
  • Black and grey checks underneath the collar and in two side vents on the shirt’s hem, and a thin black stripe on the hem at the back of the white shorts;
  • Black socks with, halfway down, a white stripe between two red stripes – a design that “makes it easier for players to pick out team-mates on the pitch”.

With socks likes those, surely Rooney would be mad to leave Old Trafford? · 

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