Here is a guide to help you when choosing a Manchester United shirt.
I have included pictures of their most recent shirts as well as links to websites which detail United's shirt through the years.
I have also included a glossary of football shirt related terms.
Home Shirt 1994-1996 Home Shirt 1996-1998 Home Shirt 1998-2000
Note: Shirt features zipper at the collar
Home Shirt 2000-2002 Home Shirt 2002-2004 Home Shirt 2004-2006
Away Shirt 2005-2006 Home Shirt 2006/2007 Home Shirt 2007-2009
Barclays Premiership Badge.
Worn when United compete in the
Premier League. The badge shown
here was awarded to United for
winning the Premiership in the
The above shirts were all worn between 1994 and 2009.
They are just a few of the shirts Manchester United have worn through the years
Through their history, Manchester United has mainly worn a red shirt as a first choice, particularly since the 1950's. Prior to that United wore blue shirts or white shirts with red trimmings. United, like all football clubs, have always worn their first choice shirt when possible, however when an opponents colours are deemed to similar, one team must change into their 'away shirt' or 'second shirt'. The blue shirt shown in the pictures is an example of this.
Over the years Manchester United have had their shirts made by the following manufacturer's.
1972 - 1975 Umbro
1975 - 1980 Admiral
1980 - 1992 Adidas
1992 - 2002 Umbro
2002 - Present Nike
- If a shirt is advertised and it is not manufactured by any of the above manufacturer's, the shirt is more than likely a fake or not a genuine copy.
- In recent years remakes of old shirts have become popular. Some manufacturer's have begun remaking old shirts, however former manufacturer's no longer linked to clubs can not
re-produce old shirts.
- In 1994 Umbro released a shirt with a 'lace up' collar.
- In 1998 Umbro went onto to design another shirt with a unique collar, they introduced a collar with a zipper, making United the first team in the world to wear a football shirt with a zipper.
historicalkits.co.uk , unitedkits.blogspot.com
Glossary of Terms
Home Shirt What a team will wear as a first choice or when playing at their home ground.
1st Strip What a team will wear as a first choice or when playing at their home ground.
Away Shirt The away shirt is worn if there is a clash of colours between teams. The team visiting will then
wear the away shirt.
Second Shirt The second shirt is worn if there is a clash of colours between teams. The team visiting will
then wear the second shirt.
Third Shirt If both the first and second shirt are too similar to be worn against an opponent, the third
shirt is worn.
Kit Equipment a football player wears example socks, shirt, boots.
Strip Term used when describing players attire .
Uniform Used to describe the distinctive clothing worn by a team.
Jersey Sometimes a football shirt is referred to as a jersey.
Patch/Badge As shown above, some football shirts (all modern shirts United wear) will have a patch/badge
on the sleeve to indicate and promote the competition they are playing in .
Crest This is the logo or badge of the club which symbolises who they are.
Replica Genuine remake of an original i.e replica shirt to what the players wear .
Retro/Vintage In recent years remakes of old shirts have become popular. Some manufacturer's have begun
remaking old shirts, however former manufacturer's no longer linked to clubs can not
re-produce old shirts.
European Shirt In 1997 United introduced a shirt which was worn during European competition only.
Reversible Shirt In 2001, Umbro introduced the 'reversible' shirt, two shirts in one. The second strip could
be worn inside out/reversed to become the third strip.
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