Kit memories: 1992-94 home shirt
More than just a kit, a Manchester United jersey is memories personified: it's a representation of who we are and what we're all about.
Over the weekend, we looked at the iconic 1997-2000 European home shirt and some of our writers told us who it reminded them of and why.
This time, we're examining another shirt steeped in history and memories: the Manchester United 1992-1994 home shirt.
It's a historic jersey for United, as the club won the Premier League in both seasons of wearing it, including our first top-flight triumph in 26 years. Our shirt manufacturers switched from adidas to Umbro, and the design featured a lace-up collar, which is iconic with fans of a certain age as we embarked upon an era of unprecedented dominance.
But who does this kit remind our writers of? Let's take a look, and you can also have your say in our poll...
STEVE BRUCEWhen it comes to the player you think of when you see the ‘92-94 home kit, I must admit the fresh-faced looks of a boyish Roy Keane initially sprang to mind, given it was the United shirt the young Corkman first sported following his arrival in the summer of 1993. But then my memory whizzed back a few months, and a vision of a joyous Geordie charging across the Old Trafford turf, arms out wide, took centre-stage. Steve Bruce’s two goals in that super-tense match against Sheffield Wednesday in April '93 created some of the most iconic images of that glorious title-winning season, and he was back in that kit a month later to lift the Premier League trophy alongside Robbo. So for me Brucie, that shirt’s all yours.
The 1992-1994 kit reminds me of Eric Cantona. He was signed from Leeds that summer and so it's the first memory that I have of seeing Cantona in a United shirt, especially because of the collar, too. I just remember growing up and seeing Cantona not only being an amazing footballer, but a real character off the pitch, too. A true legend of the game.
A new era dawnsGallery
This much-cherished home strip coincided with the beginning of an unprecedented period of success for United…
MARK HUGHESMany images flood through your mind when trying to match a classic shirt with a specific player but Mark Hughes was the one I plumped for in this case. 'Sparky' was the sort of striker adored by fans but hated by opposition centre-backs. Fiery and aggressive doesn't begin to describe him and his thunder thighs made him impossible to knock off the ball. He led the line during this time and I'll never forget his two goals against Liverpool in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. At 2-0 down and facing a painful home defeat to the Merseysiders, he gave the perfect illustration of what a goalscorer he was - rescuing a point with a deft lob and diving header. Maybe the fact the Scousers were wearing a dreadful green kit made ours stand out more too...
ANDREI KANCHELSKISI’ll be honest, I’m too young to recall this era but I was brought up on a strict diet of classic United VHS tapes and the player who always caught my eye was Kanchelskis. He was no longer around when I began watching the Reds in the late 1990s, but that just made him and that unique, head-down running style even more fascinating. In truth, Andrei’s finest campaign at Old Trafford came in 1994/95 when wearing a different shirt, but I always think of him tearing down the right wing sporting this one.
BRYAN ROBSONCaptain Marvel had worn various red shirts with distinction for more than a decade by the time the laced-collar number was released in the summer of 1992. A driving force in midfield from the moment he wielded a gold pen to sign for the club on the pitch in 1981, Robbo had led United to glory in the 1983, 1985 and 1990 FA Cup finals. Yet it was the elusive league silverware that fans really wanted to see the skipper get his hands on and when he eventually did that, alongside Steve Bruce on 3 May 1993, it was in the shirt we're celebrating here. One year and five days later, the legend lifted the league trophy for a second time after making his 461st and final Reds appearance, again in the same iconic kit.