Images of 2019 adidas Retro Kits Including Classic Manchester United Home Shirt Leaked

Manchester United is starting to feel like its old self again, with results and moods having taken a significant upturn since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed interim manager in December.​

And it seems that performances aren’t the only think harking back to the old days, with a retro-style Manchester United home shirt appearing online.

​These images were leaked by Footy Headlines, but this kit will not be worn by the team next season. This is actually the latest in adidas’ Icon Collection, which was launched for the 2018/19 season.

adidas released limited edition classic shirts for all its teams, including a plain red short-sleeved ​Manchester United home shirt reminiscent of those worn by the Busby Babes.

This new kit appears to be a throwback to those worn in the late 1980s, with shiny red vertical stripes, a white and black collar, and white cuffs on the sleeves.

The latest Icon Collection shirts for Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid have also been leaked by ​Footy Headlines.

The ​Real Madrid kit appears to be based on a similar design, with white shiny stripes, a black and gold collar, and black sleeve cuffs.

​Arsenal’s is a yellow away kit like those worn by the club in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with three black horizontal stripes across the chest. ​Bayern’s is a similar design – a black away kit with red stripes.

The ​Juventus shirt is the only one of which there are no photographs, but concept art depicts a black shirt with white stripes across the middle and down the sleeves.

Flamengo – which was also included in the 2018 Icon Collection – is expected to get a 2019 update as well.


The Stat That Shows Arsenal Face an Uphill Battle to Keep Europa League Hopes Alive

Arsenal have it all to do in north London next week following their 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Europa League knockout stage match against BATE Borisov.

A goal from midfielder Stanislaw Drahun pegged Unai Emery’s side back just before half time, while Alexandre Lacazette’s late red card added insult to injury for the travelling Gooners.

BATE Borisov v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg

Emery was confident in his post-match press conference that his side could turn things around next week, but history shows that things might not be so straightforward for the Premier League giants.

Stats released by Opta show that Arsenal have been knocked out of their last six European knockout ties when losing the first leg. The last time they overturned a result was during the Champions League against Porto during the 2009/10 season.

Even though history is against them, fans still appear to be confident that they can get the better of BATE Borisov when they return for the second leg next week.

​​Thursday’s result was the first ever win for the Belarusian side against Arsenal in European competitions, having not played a competitive match in two months.

The Gunners secured a 10-2 aggregate win against BATE Borisov when they met two years ago in the Europa League, fixtures which saw former striker Olivier Giroud score his 100th goal for the club and defender Rob Holding notch his first.

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal have a long break before the return leg due to their exit from the FA Cup, but Emery will ensure that his players don’t slack off as they look to avoid the most embarrassing week of his short career in north London.


Twitter Reacts as Calamitous Arsenal Fall to Embarrassing Europa League Defeat at BATE Borisov

​Ok, so Arsenal have been much improved this season compared to their 2017/18 campaign, but they’re still capable of producing some absolute clangers.

Like Thursday night, for example, when they lost to Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov in the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie. 

The Gunners fell behind away from home when Stanislav Dragun headed the hosts in front in the 45th minute and, while they hammered away at Borisov’s goal in the second half, they couldn’t turn things around before ​Alexandre Lacazette got himself sent off with a flailing arm.

As you can imagine, ​Arsenal fans weren’t best pleased with the performance. The Europa League is seen as a viable route into next season’s ​Champions League and this result leaves the north London giants with it all to do in the second leg.

Here’s a selection of the responses Arsenal’s performance triggered on social media.




​​Some fans couldn’t help but poke fun at Lacazette, who was tugged at while on the ball before lashing out and getting himself sent off.




​​Arsenal have a week to stew on that result before they try to turn things around in the return leg  at the Emirates. If you’re not an Arsenal fan and have nothing to do on Valentine Day’s evening, just whip your laptop out, open up AFTV’s YouTube channel, and watch the carnage unfold.


BATE Borisov 1-0 Arsenal: Report, Ratings & Reaction as 10-Man Gunners Embarrassed in Belarus

Arsenal suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat against BATE Borisov on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League knockout stage match in Belarus.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasted a chance to put Arsenal into the lead after just 90 seconds when he saw his close-range effort saved by goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski, while a cross-cum-shot from the Armenian went inches wide minutes later.

Despite having the majority of possession, it was actually BATE Borisov who, playing their first competitive game in two months, scored the opening goal of the game when midfielder Stanislaw Drahun rose the highest from a free-kick to put the hosts into a shock lead right on the stroke half-time.


The Gunners finally did have the ball in the back of the net just ten minutes after the restart but Alexandre Lacazette’s smart finish was rightly chalked off for offside following Sead Kolašinac’s driven pass across the six-yard box.

The Frenchman’s evening then went from bad to worse when he was given his marching orders for lashing out at Aleksandar Filipović, earning a straight red card.

Although Arsenal continued to knock on the door throughout the remainder of the match they couldn’t find a way through and now Unai Emery’s side have it all to do at the Emirates in the return leg next week, even though many will still back them as favourites to qualify.

BATE Borisov

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Scherbitski (7), Rios (4), Volkov (6), Filipenko (6), Filipović (6); Baha (6), Drahun (8), Hleb (6); Milić (7), Skavysh (7), Stasevich (6).

SubstitutesBerezkin (6), Dubajić (7), Moukam (N/A).


Key Talking Point

Arsenal fans might be getting all teary-eyed every time they see Arsène Wenger pop up on their social media feeds, but there really wasn’t any need for new manager Unai Emery to join in with the nostalgia by replicating a typical Wenger performance.


The north Londoners had all the possession on their travels in Belarus but had little to no end product at all. BATE Borisov were looking to sit back and deny Arsenal any space, but it’s baffling for fans how that age-old tactic against them is still working wonders.

What makes things all the more gut-wrenching for travelling fans is that the players kept their heads down and looked like they didn’t want to be there at all, having the demeanour of a group of Waitrose shoppers who’ve had to use a Tesco for the first time.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Cech (5), Mustafi (5), Koscielny (5), Monreal (6); Maitland-Niles (6), Xhaka (5), Guendouzi (3), Kolasinac (8); Mkhitaryan (5), Iwobi (6), Lacazette (5).

Substitutes: Torreira (5), Aubameyang (4), Suárez (N/A).

Unai Emery

STAR MAN – Being crowned as Arsenal’s best player after that 90 minutes is hardly praise, but defender Sead Kolašinac can at least get on the plane home knowing that he did everything he could to get a result against BATE Borisov.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was the club’s only consistent attacking threat throughout the match and full-back Alexei Rios couldn’t contain Kolašinac at all.

WORST PLAYER – Thursday evening was the perfect chance for teenager Mattéo Guendouzi to finally restore his confidence after a rough few weeks with the first team, but the Frenchman failed to get involved in the game like he showed during his first few weeks as an Arsenal player.

Guendouzi offered little in attack and even less in defence – not that midfield partner Granit Xhaka was much better – which made the Gunners’ attempt to dominate the middle of the park completely redundant.

Looking Ahead

The Gunners don’t play against before they welcome BATE to north London for the return leg of their Europa League knockout stage match next week following their exit from the FA Cup and they won’t be able to rest players even though Southampton visit the Emirates just days later.


Valentine’s Day 2019: Picking a Starting XI of Football’s Dreamiest Men for Your Superhunk Clubhouse

​Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! 

This has become a bit of an annual ritual, hasn’t it? But it’s been two years now since we started and – like some relationships two years in – things have gone a bit stale and need spicing up. What? No, you’re projecting. Shut up. 

Anyway, this year we’re including nobody who’s ever made it into the fit XI in past years. Change is coming. ​2017 lads, ​2018 hunks, you’re in the past now. 

What better way to feel great about your life on Valentine’s Day than to look at a bunch of genetically perfect millionaires, alone, on your phone or laptop? Exactly.

Goalkeeper: Paulo Gazzaniga

If you haven’t seen Paulo Gazzaniga before – and to be fair, it’s not like he’s played week in, week out anywhere in this country – you’re welcome. 

We ignore that he’s shaved his head and looks about 70% worse recently, he’s still got the eyes. Ah, the eyes…

Bonus fact: His middle name is Dino. 

Right-Back: Ramin Rezaeian

If there was a competition for best looking national team, Iran would win hands down. Sorry Spain. But apparently it’s ‘not editorially justifiable’ to do a bit where every single player on this list is in the Iranian World Cup squad, so Ramin Rezaeian is the nod. Obviously. Look at him! 

Also? Four consecutive vowels in his name. That’s cool. 

Centre-Back: Joe Gomez

He does a good line in smouldering looks, he’s a bit injury prone so he’ll have more time to spend at home with you…Joe Gomez, on the plane. 

Honourable mention for Fabian Schar, if only to shut up the *squints* 7,185 people on Twitter who kept going on about him. 

Centre-Back: Maya Yoshida

Strong. Tall. Experienced. Serious. Distinguished. Maya Yoshida…is daddy? 

Left-Back: Jose Gaya

Dark eyes, thick hair, boyishly handsome face (to be fair, he is only 23) and – most importantly – a basically generically good looking left-back when there are so few out there. 

Right Wing: Keita Baldé Diao

Oh yeah, now we’re getting to it. A wicked smile, a glint in the eye and the kind of upper body that makes everyone else in the gym locker room look down at themselves and ask ‘honestly, what’s the point of bothering?’

Central Midfield: Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Roftus Loftus-Choftus is so wonderfully, ‘take home to mum’ safe in his inarguable handsomeness that he’s almost a doubt for this team. Sometimes you want a bit more of an edge, you know? 

But nah. He’s too good looking. He stays. 

Central Midfield: Andre Gomes

*insert template of handsome Iberian footballer here*

Honourable mention: Granit Xhaka

Left Wing: Filip Kostić

Filip Kostić has a jaw so strong it could bench the rest of this team single-handedly – and would grow a single hand so that it could do it. This man’s jaw could fight the entire cast of The Expendables in their primes. Filip Kostić’s jaw absolutely fuc——I’m being told I’m not allowed to write that. 

Striker: Alexandre Lacazette

If you aren’t charmed to death by this man when he turns his eyes on you and flashes that smile, you should probably go immediately to the nearest hospital because it appears you might be dead. 

Striker: Fernando Llorente

O captain, my captain. 

Honourable mention: Kelechi Iheanacho

Manager: Herve Renard

A 50-year-old man is the best looking person in football. Does Herve ‘Jaime Lannister but with crisp, half unbuttoned white shirts’ Renard spark joy? You bet he does. 

Honourable mention: Pepe Bordalas