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Manchester United faces jersey supply shortage after factory closure in Vietnam

By Hoang Nguyen   September 4, 2021 | 03:00 am PT
Manchester United faces jersey supply shortage after factory closure in Vietnam
Cristiano Ronaldo in the new Manchester United jersey. Photo by Manchester United
The production of Man Utd jerseys is being delayed after demand surged with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The jersey supplier for the club, Adidas, has been experiencing a major slowdown in production, after factories in Vietnam were forced to close due to the ongoing Covid-19 wave in the country. Vietnam accounts for about 28 percent of total production of Adidas. The hiccup in production is expected to last for another four months.

Since the new wave hit in early April, Vietnam has recorded nearly 500,000 Covid-19 cases.

Although Adidas had backup plans for this situation, the surprise signing of a global superstar like Ronaldo has significantly increased demand and a prolonged low stock of jerseys is expected in the coming time.

"We are working in collaboration with Man Utd to try and meet exceptionally high fan demand for our new designs but expect low availability of certain products," an Adidas spokesman told U.K. newspaper The Independent.

According to Man Utd’s official website, fans who purchased Ronaldo’s jersey could only receive their order in November.

Often considered the world’s best player and widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Ronaldo has won many prestigious titles and accolades in his career.

This is the second time Ronaldo plays for Man Utd, after leaving the club for Real Madrid in 2009.

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