Season 1993/94
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

For the first time in their history United completed a League and F.A. Cup double. Indeed only a 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa in the League Cup Final prevented United from a domestic clean sweep.

Fergie had bought Roy Keane for a new British record fee of £3.75m. in the summer to replace Bryan Robson who retired at the end of the season.

On August 23rd two goals from Lee Sharpe helped United to a 2-1 win at Villa Park and took them to the top of the table. They remained there for the remainder of the season and by Christmas they had opened up a thirteen point gap. The side hit a patch of poor form in early spring and having lost the League Cup Final found themselves a goal down in the FA Cup semi. A Mark Hughes volley in the last minute took the tie to a replay and re-energised the side. Having retained the title they destroyed Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup Final.

In the European Cup for the first time since 1969, United were surprised by Turkish Champions Galatasaray in the second round. After a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, United failed to score in Istanbul and lost on the away goals rule.

Both the home and third kits remained unchanged. Taking advantage of a relaxation in the Premier League's rules governing team colours, a new all black change kit was introduced along with a white goalkeeper change kit. For games in the European Cup the goalkeeper shirts included the 1992/93 Premier League sleeve patches, although the outfield player's shirts did not, and Schmeichel wore his 1992/93 shirt in the Charity Shield curtain raiser.

The black change replica shirts featured a cheaper, smaller crest but this time had fully embroidered Umbro logos. Cost was again around the £35 mark.

On June 11th the Premier League AGM decided that it would adopt the squad numbering system on shirts. The shirts would also bear the player's name above their squad number. As in the previous season for most matches the shirt number featured the Umbro logo at the bottom, but a non logo variant was used in the European ties.