Season 1968/69
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season


Home Kit (long-sleeved)
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Home Kit (short-sleeved)
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Third Kit
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Variant
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Home Kit
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Change Kit
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Despite the obvious signs that United's first team pool was sparse, Busby was not tempted into the transfer market until John Aston broke his leg at Maine Road in the third game of the season. He spent £100,000 to bring Burnley's Willie Morgan to Old Trafford.

Morgan scored United's only goal in the World Club Championship against Estudiantes. Renowned for their 'anti-fútbol' approach, their brutality in the first leg in Buenos Aires shocked both United and the traveling journalists. Sadler had a 'goal' disallowed and Stiles was sent off in a 1-0 defeat.

At Old Trafford Juan Ramón Verón, father of the future United player, scored in the fifth minute. George Best and Medina were dismissed before Morgan's late equaliser. The referee blew for full time just as Brian Kidd appeared to have scored a second.

United lost in the European Cup semi-final to AC Milan, after conceding a controversial goals in the first leg in Milan and then having a 'goal' disallowed in the Old Trafford game. Years later evidence emerged that suggested Italian clubs had routinely bribed the officials in European Cup semi-finals, which may explain the controversial decisions.

United's domestic results were poor; in twenty one League games, between October and mid March, they managed just four wins and lost a home F.A. Cup quarter final against Everton. They did recover to finish eleventh.

The changes to United's kits were limited to different socks! Blue socks were added to the third kit, whilst both red and white socks were worn with the change kit throughout the season.

For the first leg of the World Club Championship in Argentina, United wore an all blue kit reminiscent of the 1968 European Cup Final kit.