original illustrations of the kits worn during the season
Home Kit (long-sleeved)
Home Kit (short-sleeved)
The Season in brief
After successive home defeats by City (1-4) and Arsenal (1-3) and having failed to beat Third Division Aston Villa in the League Cup semi final over two legs, Wilf McGuinness was relieved of his first team duties and Sir Matt Busby returned, temporarily, as team manager.
McGuinness initially resumed his previous role as Reserve team coach before leaving the club in March. At the time of his sacking United stood eighteenth in the League, having won just five of their twenty three League games.
Under Busby's guidance the results improved and United finished eighth for a second successive season. Fittingly the season, and Busby's twenty six years as manager, ended at Maine Road in a classic 'derby' match. United led 3-0 at half time but City fought back to level at 3-3 before George Best scored United's winner.
There was no change to United's kits. They continued to wear both red and white socks with the change kit throughout the season.
Umbro included their logo on the goalkeeper's shirt for the first time on a United shirt in 1970/71.