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Suits you, sir? Rory McIlroy's outfit causes a sartorial stir

By Amanda Ferguson

His intention was to show off the Claret Jug, but it was Rory McIlroy's suit that grabbed all the attention.

The 25-year-old star golfer made headlines for all the wrong fashion reasons on Saturday when he was welcomed on to the pitch at Old Trafford to show off his latest silverware to the crowd.

But it was his eye-catching three-piece suit that was the main talking point among the Manchester United fans after the major winner's visit.

The smart but loud outfit was branded hideous, ugly and worthy of being filed in the 'what were you thinking?' fashion crimes archive.

As the life-long fan of the Red Devils proudly showed off the Claret Jug ahead of the team's opening Premier League game of the season, the internet was abuzz with commentary on his dazzling chequered ensemble, complete with red socks and dark shoes.

Social media users even went as far as suggesting such was the horror of the attention-grabbing suit it was responsible for the team's 2-1 defeat against Swansea, the first game with new manager Louis Van Gaal in charge.

McIlroy's Florida-based Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter, who wore the same creation at Wimbledon earlier this summer, took to Twitter to make a dig at the young sportsman about it.

"Hey you can keep your Claret Jug but can I have my suit back please Mr @McIlroyRory I thought something was missing," the Arsenal supporter wrote.

Rory replied with: "Sorry @IanJamesPoulter you must be mistaken... this suit was only available with the Claret Jug!"

After trading insults over McIlroy's red socks and United's failure to win, Poulter had the last laugh.

He wrote: "You do realise they are the only trophies that will be paraded at Old Trafford this season."

Meanwhile, alongside a photograph of McIlroy wearing the loud get-up one Twitter user wrote: "Rory McIlroy accepting the 'Worst Suit of the Year' award at Old Trafford!"

Another man said: "Man alive... is there no one to whisper in Rory's ear... about that suit."

Another added: "At least Rory's suit wasn't the only embarrassment on the pitch this afternoon."

After winning the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake in July and then the US PGA Championship this month, McIlroy is expected to be back in action at the Deutsche Bank Championship in America later this month, ahead of representing Europe at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland next month.

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