Season 1994/95
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season


The Season in brief

United appeared to be on course for a second successive League and Cup double but ended the season without either. Three defeats in their opening nine games had raised questions about United's ability to win a third successive Premier League title, but they responded by losing just one of their next twenty games. Goal less draws at Old Trafford against Spurs, Leeds and Chelsea left the side needing to win at Upton park on the final day of the season to retain the title. They were held 1-1 and finished as runners up. Less than a week later Everton beat them 1-0 in the F.A. Cup Final.

Eric Cantona was banned by the F.A. and missed the final three months of the season after attacking a racist supporter at Crystal Palace. He was sent off in the midweek League game at Selhurst Park on January 25th. On the way to the tunnel he was racially abused by a Palace fan and took retribution. Banned by the club until the end of the season, the F.A. extended the ban until September 30th. Trouble erupted amongst fans of the two clubs when they met in the F.A. Cup semi final.

United established the highest score in a Premier League game when they beat Ipswich 9-0 at Old Trafford on March 4th; Andy Cole scored five of the goals.

Both the home and third kits were changed for the new season. The design included a prominent club badge similar to that on the all black change kit which was retained. To avoid colour clashes the change black shorts were worn with the home shirt. Premier League patches were worn on the shirts in all but European competition and in the League Cup. UEFA introduced a sleeve patch to be worn in Champions League matches, on the right sleeve.

There were several variant worn by United's goalkeepers; the home shirt was worn with the outfield white shorts and black socks in the in the League game at home to Norwich and in the League Cup tie at Port Vale. A similar kit, but with white socks, was worn in the League Cup tie at Newcastle; there were no sleeve patches on the shirts for the League Cup ties. On two occassions, at Nott'm Forest and at Astoin Villa, the 'keeper number had the yellow Umbro logo used on the 1993/94 shirts. Peter Schmeichel wore wore the shirt from the 1992/93 third kit in pre-season against Shelbourne.

The new replica shirts for the 1994/95 season appeared to be victims of a profit maximising scheme at Umbro. All sponsors and manufacturers logos were simply printed into the fabric of the shirts and the badges were of the same kind that had been used on the previous season's replica black change shirts.