Manchester United players have started wearing adidas replica kit following complaints that their shirts and socks are too tight.
The Red Devils dismal start to the new campaign was compounded by their 3-0 home defeat to noisy neighbours Manchester City on the weekend, with Erik ten Hag feeling the pressure in the hot seat.
It seems nothing is going quite right for the club at the moment, with United also struggling in their Champions League group, having lost two of their opening three matches in Europe.
To add to their woes, United’s new kit is too tight and uncomfortable to wear, according to the Daily Mail.
The report reveals that the players haven’t worn their official home socks since their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham back in August.
Summer signing Andre Onana is also thought to have problems with his jersey, having requested to switch to a looser replica version after the club’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United last month.
Last season, complaints were made over David de Gea’s shirt, which was considered too baggy, but it seems adidas have gone too far the other way with their new design.
Meanwhile, several outfield players complained to Ten Hag and United’s kit staff about the tightness of their socks, initially cutting holes in the fabric to increase breathability.
As a result, United stars have started using replica socks, originally created as a more affordable option for fans as a temporary solution.
The publication states that adidas are expected to “resolve the issues over the next month when they have completed what one source described as ‘light amendments’.”
Aston Villa have experienced a similar problem this season, with the squad reportedly ‘unhappy’ with the wet-look of the shirts.
One source told The Telegraph: a source close to a Villa player, said: “The players are having to play in soaking wet t-shirts and it is a problem that needs to be solved. It cannot go on all season. The players look like they’ve jumped in a swimming pool after about 10 minutes.”
Manchester United have declined to comment on the matter.