original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Home Kit (long-sleeved)
Home Kit (short-sleeved)
Change Kit 2
Wilf McGuinness was made first team coach and set about rebuilding the ageing side, and modernising the training schedules and tactics. Power still resided with Sir Matt Busby, who continued as the club's General Manager.
Traditionally the new season began badly for United with three defeats in their opening four fixtures. The board approved the £80,000 purchase of Arsenal's Ian Ure on Busby's recommendation, but ignored McGuinness' request to buy Malcolm McDonald and Colin Todd amongst others.
Results improved and by the end of February United had lost just three times in thirty League games, and had reached the semi-finals of both the League and F.A. Cups. There were glorious successes (4-1 at Anfield) and miserable failures (4-0 at Maine Road).
They were beaten in the League Cup semi by City over two legs and then lost a three match F.A. Cup semi against Leeds United. The season ended with United in free fall winning just two of their final nine League games. The club finished eighth.
George Best created a new club record by scoring six of the side's eight goals in the fifth round F.A. Cup tie at Northampton.
United' continued to wear both an all white shirt and a white shirt with red trimmings as their change kit, as well as either red or white socks. Niclas Trosdahl has confirmed the red trimmed white shirt was worn with red socks against West Ham on January 17th 1970. We know form match photos that United wore white socks with the red trimmed shirt on the opening day of the season at Selhurst Park; they wore the all white shirt with white socks in the FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough, and with red socks at Turf Moor on November 29th.