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Is Manchester United trolling Bayern with their new jerseys?

Low blow, Manchester United...low blow.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1999 UEFA Champions League Final Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive

Manchester United’s new jerseys very well may be a subtle attempt at trolling Bayern Munich. Of course, we all (at least most of us) regretfully remember the 1999 Champions League final, when United came from 1-0 down against Bayern in stoppage time to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Teddy Sheringham (90+1) and current United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær (90+3).

On United’s leaked new kit, small black stripes on the sleeves of the jersey read “90+1” and “90+3” in white font. The kit also features a small black stripe with the date of the ‘99 final, which was 26/5/99, as well as the dates 22/5/99 and 16/5/99 to signify when United secured the League and FA Cup titles, respectively. Remember the days when you could win a league with fewer than 80 points?!

While this jersey is a grim reminder of a night that Bayern fans would prefer to forget, Manchester United presumably will argue that the jersey is an homage to Solskjær and the ‘99 team that lifted the Champions League title. The Norwegian was just announced as United’s full-time manager after his interim tenure following Jose Mourinho’s sacking, so it makes sense, at least on the surface, that they’d want to celebrate him on their kits for next season.

Still, Bayern might have the last laugh, since United’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League are slim to none. The top four race in the Premier League between Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United is close, but United have the toughest run-in of the bunch and have to face Manchester City and Chelsea in their next two fixtures.

While the sleeve patches on the new kits could serve as a reminder of a glorious night in Barcelona for United, it would be a bit awkward seeing them worn by a team who failed to qualify for the Champions League.

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