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Soccer Jersey Expert Factfile
Name:
Manchester United Football Club
League:
English Premier League
Jersey Brand:
Nike
Jersey Sponsor:
AIG
Home Uniform:
Red jersey; white shorts; black socks
Away Uniform:
Black jersey; black shorts; black socks
European Uniform:
White jersey; blue short; white socks

Manchester United are probably the most famous football club. Formed as Newton Heath in 1878, they joined the Football League in 1992 but it wasn't until 1902 that they changed their name to Manchester United. Since then they have won 18 First Division/Premier League titles, 3 European Cup/Champions Leagues, 1 European Cup Winners Cup, 11 FA Cups, 3 English League Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 Fifa Club World Cup & 1 Intercontinetal Cup.

The Original Manchester United Soccer Jersey

Newton Heath Soccer Uniform The original Manchester United soccer jersey when they played under the name of Newton Heath was green and gold halves. These colours were revived as an away jersey in the early 1990's. Newton Heath also played in a red and white quartered jersey and a plain white jersey, both worn with blue shorts.

It wasn't until 1902 in conjunction with the name change to Manchester United that the kit became red jersey, white shorts and black socks that is still worn today. A notable exception to this tradition was the kit in the 1909 FA Cup Final against Bristol City were the players wore a white jersey with a red "V" sash. This design was resurected briefly in the 1920's before being used for the home and away kits to celebrate 100 year at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils of Manchester United

Manchester United first won the First Division title in 1908 followed the next year by the FA Cup, the first of 11 and and English record. The club went on to have moderate success over the next 40 years but it was the appointment of Matt Busby to manager in 1945 that heralded the beginning of a period of achievement that took them to being considered one of the best supported and most successful soccer teams in the world! Matt Busby's George Best of Manchester United brought new initiatives into football management and insisted on having control of all footballing matters within Manchester United FC. Busby also attempted to bring in to the Manchester United first team a number of younger players from the youth team, players such as Duncan Edward, Dennis Viollet & Bill Foulkes. This led to the Man United team of the 1950's being referred to as the Busby Babes. Manchester United became the first English club to play in the European Cup and it was on the way back from one of these matches in 1958 that tragedy struck and the plane carrying all the staff and players crashed taking off from an airport in Munich claiming the lives of 8 players and another 15 passengers. Busby rebuilt the team through the 1960's with players like Bobby Charlton (a survivor of the Munich air crash), Dennis Law and George Best. The team won the First Division title in 1965 and 1967 and became the first English team to win the European Cup in 1968, beating Benfica 4-1.

When Matt Busby eventually retired in 1969, Manchest United struggled to find a replacement to maintain the Wayne Rooney of Manchester United success of the Busby era. They were relegated in 1974 and managed to bounced back a year later but it wasn't until the 1992/93 season under Alex Ferguson that they won the English Premiership title. Ferguson was Scottish like Matt Busby and he also created a young team from up and coming members of the youth team allied with experienced professionals. Since, Alex Ferguson took over control in 1986, Manchester United have won 2 European Cups, 11 Premiership titles, 5 FA Cups, 3 League Cups plus a European Cup Winners Cup. This amount of success for one team is unparelleled in the history of English football and the legacy of Sir Alex Ferguson is still alive today with a new team with Wayne Rooney at the vanguard.

The Manchester United Crest

Manchester United have had a few variations on the same crest design based on the crest of the city of Manchester. The devil on the club badge comes from their knickname "the red devils" which was adopted after Sir Matt Busby heard it referenced to the Salford Rugby League team. The devil was added to the badge and crest in 1970.

Manchester United Jersey Badge today Manchester United Jersey Badge 1960














The Branded Jersey

Up until 1972 the Manchester United soccer jersey was unbranded. However, in the 1970's Manchester United, aswell as all the other top clubs became affiliated with one of the soccer jersey manufacturers. Manchester United's first brand was Umbro, a partnership that lasted 3 years. Since then Manchester United have alternated from Admiral to Adidas, back to Umbro and they are now with Nike.

The images below show how the branding on the jersey had developed over time.

Umbro branding - 1972 to 1975

Manchester United Jersey Brand - Umbro - 1972 to 1975

Admiral branding - 1975 to 1980

Manchester United Jersey Brand - Admiral - 1975 to 1980

Adidas branding - 1980 to 1992

Manchester United Jersey Brand - Adidas - 1980 to 1992

Umbro branding - 1922 to 2002

Manchester United Jersey Brand - Umbro - 1992 to 2002

Nike branding - 2002 to today

Manchester United Jersey Brand - Nike - 2002 to today

Jersey Sponsorship

Manchester United have had only 3 shirts sponsors since 1982 :

  • Sharp - Electronics company
  • Vodaphone - Phone company
  • AIG - Insurance company