Season 1992/93
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United became the first ever F.A. Premier League Champions, finishing ten points clear of Aston Villa. Eric Cantona's arrival from Leeds proved the catalyst for their triumph. United were eighth in the table when the Frenchman arrived. He made his début as a substitute in the 2-1 derby victory on December 6th.and scored four goals in his first five full starts to help United to the top of the table. Steve Bruce's two very late goals against Sheffield Wednesday on April 10th gave United the momentum in the title race and they finished the season with seven straight victories.

United were beaten 4-3 in a penalty shoot out in the first round of the UEFA Cup by Torpedo Moscow after two 0-0 draws, and Stevie Bruce missed a last penalty at Bramall lane, with United 2-1 down, in the FA Cup fifth round. Villa had ended their defence of the League Cup in a third round tie, and the youngsters narrowly missed out on retaining the Youth Cup; they were beaten 4-1 on aggregate in the Final by Leeds.

Umbro's four year contract to supply United kits began at the start of the new season. Taking their design cues from the earliest Newton Heath kits the home shirt had a laced collar, and the third kit, released towards the end of the year (probably to cash in on Christmas sales) was green and gold. The long sleeved version had a black trim to the cuff. The change kit was all blue, and featured a large shadow print club badge offset from the centre. The shirts featured embroidered club badge and Umbro logos. Premier League patches were worn on the shirts in all but European competition.

The number on the back of the goalkeeper's shirt was printed as part of the shirt design rather than sown on. For games in the UEFA Cup Schmeichel's shirt included the Premier League sleeve patches, unlike for the outfield players, although the shirt number was plain (without the Umbro logo).

The first Umbro home replica kits had the same kind of embossed crests and logos as the previous adidas replicas, albeit with a redesigned version of the club crest - minus the boots that the previous manufacturers had added to the scrolls. The third kit replica shirt featured a fully embroidered crest but an embossed Umbro logo. The cost of a replica shirt was around £35.