My favourite United kit: home shirts

Tuesday 17 November 2020 09:23

Last week saw the launch of ‘United Kit Revisited’ - a celebration of all that is great and good about Manchester United kits.

The online exhibition contains many never-before-seen artefacts from our museum, while we explore the history of United’s first-ever colours, hear from a former Reds skipper on his all-time favourite jersey and much more.

We’ve also encouraged you, the fans, to get in touch and share your memories and pictures of United jerseys from over the years, through our Memory Vault.

With everyone else detailing their most-loved kits, we thought we’d have a go, and our writers have selected which United home shirt is their favourite….
Ian McLeish, editor-in-chief: “Reds are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing top kits but for me, nothing beats the classic 1960s home shirt – vibrant red shirt, round neck, long sleeves, white cuffs and collar… the ultimate symbol of the glamour and majesty of Busby’s United (pictured at top of article). A whole host of legends wore the kit – just imagine Denis, one arm aloft in celebration, fingers grasping that white cuff – but conjure up images of that shirt and you can’t help but see the one and only George Best. Georgie, you wore it well.”
Sam Carney, club journalist: “The 2002-04 home shirt took on a new look after a change of kit supplier. It was sleek and intimidating, with just enough black trim to accompany our traditional red. Looking at it, my mind conjures up images of Ruud van Nistelrooy hunting down Arsenal in the 2002/03 title race, Diego Forlan struggling to get his jersey back on after scoring against Southampton and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dazzling debut against Bolton. Most vividly, though, it was what United were wearing when I saw my first match at Old Trafford. Things like that leave a lasting impression!”
If you're going to pick anyone to model a top, it has to be Becks!
Adam Marshall, contributing editor: “I have always been a huge fan of the kit we wore when winning the 1985 FA Cup. It seemed bold at the time to introduce the white bands around the armpits, maybe even the biggest departure from the traditional shirt we’d seen. There were also away versions (white-and-black and blue-and-white) but I remember being so thrilled to receive a cherished red replica for my birthday. Ron Atkinson’s sides were entertaining and I look back on that era fondly, with special affinity for the rather revolutionary kit!”
Looking good, Marshy!
Gemma Thompson, senior content manager: “The red home shirt we wore from '92 to '94 will always be a special one for me. It's the first one I was bought as a kid - my school friends clubbed together to get it me for my birthday, with 'Cantona 7' on the back, and it's what I was wearing to my first-ever United match at Old Trafford in August '93 (against Newcastle). It now sits proudly on my wall, signed by the great King himself and, of course, it will always be synonymous with our first Premier League title victory. That famous night against Blackburn in May '93... dreams really did come true in this shirt.”
Great choice, Gem! A shirt that brings back some amazing memories...