original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
'Tangeru' Home Kit
The Season in brief
During the close season Old Trafford was given a major facelift. A new medical room was added, and the changing rooms refurbished. Roofing was added to the wing terraces of the main stand, which took the covered accommodation up to 40,000.
On the field, United initially struggled at the higher level. The average age of United's side was less than 26, young by the standards of the time, and consistency remained a problem. Five points from their final three fixtures lifted United to a final creditable position of 14th.
United's junior sides completed a clean sweep of trophies - the Reserves won the Central League; the Colts, with an average age of 17, won the Manchester League; and the newly formed MUJAC's the Chorlton Amateur League, scoring 223 goals!
United's home and change kits remained unchanged. As in the previous season, the players wore two distinct designs for the home kit.
Although we have no specific photograph of United wearing the hooped change kit, earlier and later photographic evidence suggests this remained their change kit during 1938/39.
Contributor Alex Howells has discovered a photo from the away game at Highbury on April 15th 1939 which shows United wearing what we believe is a blue shirt variant change kit. It is impossible to be certain because of the quality of the photograph, but it would seem the shirt was an Umbro manufactured 'Tangeru'. We have also included a blue version of the standard shirt worn by United, which can be seen by moving your cursor over the 'Tangeru' kit.