Season 1995/96
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

The sales of Mark Hughes, Paul Ince, and Andrei Kanchelskis and an opening day defeat at Villa Park prompted Alan Hansen's infamous "you'll never win anything with kids" on Match of the Day on August 19th. Nine months later United had won a second League and Cup double and Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, and Ryan Giggs were all household names.

By mid January, after a disappointing December, they trailed Newcastle by twelve points. On March 4th a 1-0 win at St James' Park was the turning point. Keegan famously cracked under the pressure on Sky Sports and United won the title after a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough on the final day of the season.

Fifteen points had been won in 1-0 wins in which Cantona scored the winner; a feat he repeated in the Cup Final. The match was terrible, United frustrated by a talent-less Liverpool side intent on avoiding defeat rather than winning, but was made memorable by Cantona's stunning goal four minutes from time. The design of Old Trafford in the shadow print on the back United's shirt for the Final did not include the Umbro Diamond or manufacturer's name.

A new grey change kit was launched - and sensationally dropped after claims the players couldn't pick each other out when wearing it. United wore the kit (with white shorts) for the game at the Dell in April - at least for the first half in which Southampton raced into a 3-0 lead. United played the second period in their third kit, and the grey kit was never worn again. The third kit had out of date 1993/94 Premier League Champions sleeve patches, and was also worn in the crucial final game of the season at the Riverside. Schmeichel wore his third kit, which also had 1993/94 Premier League Champions sleeve patches, in that game and in the second half at the Dell.

In the FA Cup replay at Roker Park, Schmeichel wore the third kit, but the shirt did not have his name on the back nor Premier League sleeve patches. The number did not feature the Umbro logo.

In the League Cup tie at York, Schmeichel wore the third kit shorts and socks with his third kit jersey (an awful combination!).

The new replica change shirts again had printed logos and non-embroidered crests and retailed for £35.