Manchester United have used one of Japan's most famous landmarks to help launch their new 2013/14 dark away kit.
The reigning Premier League champions revealed the dark chequered strip at the 450-year-old Osaka Castle while on pre-season tour in the Far East.
While the Red Devils have put plenty of thought into their kit launch, images accurately claiming to be of the strip appeared online back in February.
The new kit is available to order online now and will be on sale at the Old Trafford megastore from tomorrow.
According to Manchester United's press release, the shirt is made from plastic bottles from landfill which is turned into recycled polyester, and is 23% lighter than other Nike kits. The kit, designed by Nike and an evolution from last season's divisive gingham strip, is due to be officially launched today, and manager David Moyes will speak to the media this morning.
Manchester United are expected to wear the new kit on their current tour - which may be a commercial success but isn't providing manager David Moyes the start to life in the Old Trafford hot seat that he would have liked.
The Scot, named as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor earlier this summer, has tasted victory in only one of his first three games in charge so far, and has also been frustrated in his pursuit of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas as well.
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