Sharp 1997 to 2000 European kit

Which player does this kit remind you of?

Sunday 19 December 2021 07:00

Manchester United kits aren’t just pieces of clothing.

They’re memories, tied up in iconography and moments from the past.

A glimpse of the famous red shirt, or perhaps even a lurid 1990s’ away design can bring everything flooding back: whether it’s a night under the lights at Old Trafford, watching the Reds on television or even just a kickabout with friends down the park as you’re pretending to be one of your heroes.

As part of a new series, we’ll be looking back at some of United’s most iconic jerseys and asking you, the fans, which player you most identify with them.

Where better to start than with the 1997-2000 European home shirt, worn during the famous Treble campaign? Let several of our writers put their cases forward...


David Beckham instantly springs to mind with this shirt, probably due, in large part, to his fine performance in the Champions League final. The Treble campaign was one of his very best and I am forever grateful for being at the Nou Camp on that fateful night in May. He ran his socks off, as he always did, in a more central role and had been excellent in the earlier rounds too. An iconic shirt so it’s no real surprise that one of our biggest icons is the first man I think of wearing it.

Adam Marshall


It’s still one of football’s great injustices that Keano – such a driving force in the Juventus semi-final win – was unable to play a part on that memorable Nou Camp night due to suspension. We first wore this kit in the 1997/98 campaign, when injury ruled out him out of all but one European game, but it’s Roy I best identify with the jersey: shaved head, with captain’s armband pulled tight over the bicep, as he led United through some of our most cherished nights on the continent. The Treble season was clearly the pinnacle, but the Irishman went on to net six goals in 12 Champions League games in 1999/2000, before the shirt was retired following the defeat to Real Madrid which ended our reign as kings of Europe.

Sam Carney


This kit reminds me of Teddy, simply due to that incredible equaliser he scored as a substitute in the 1999 Champions League Final. I was pretty young during that season but as I grew up I recognised how iconic it really was for Manchester United and our fans. Subconsciously you always associate those memorable moments with the kits that were worn during that season. Teddy was a real threat in front of goal, and to me is the definition of what it is to be a 'poacher': always in the right place at the right time to guide the ball into the back of the net.

Elliot Whitelaw

You’ve read our arguments, but which Red do you most remember in the iconic 1999 European strip?poll

You’ve read our arguments, but which Red do you most remember in the iconic 1999 European strip?


I would argue this is the single most famous shirt in Manchester United's long and illustrious history, not only worn during our most iconic season but also for what is unquestionably the most celebrated goal – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winner in the 1999 Champions League final (you may have heard of it). Yes, the jersey conjures memories of so many other luminaries – David Beckham against Internazionale, Ryan Giggs versus Juventus and Roy Keane in Turin, to name just a few – but our Norwegian icon and heroic former manager is intrinsically linked with this shimmering piece of club folklore. And in the category of retro shirts, this is the GOAT.

Mark Froggatt


While Solskjaer and Sheringham sealed the success in Barcelona, the work of a fellow 'S' at the other end of the pitch should not be overlooked. One of three new players signed for the start of the 1998/99 season, alongside Jesper Blomqvist and Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam was a formidable barrier at the heart of Sir Alex Ferguson's Treble-winning defence. And rarely did the Dutchman look more majestic, more impossible to beat than that night in March when Inter Milan left M16 empty-handed. This red shirt, reserved for European use only, shone under the Old Trafford floodlights and opposition striker Ivan Zamorano must have had flashbacks on the return road journey to Manchester Airport, whenever the traffic signals turned the same colour. Stam stopped him in his tracks too.

Adam Bostock

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