Season 1997/98
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United's side remained largely unchanged. Following Cantona's retirement Roy Keane had been appointed captain and Ferguson had signed Teddy Sheringham from Tottenham to strengthen the attack.

The side remained unbeaten until the end of September. The 1-0 defeat at Elland Road was made worse by the loss of Keano with cruciate ligament damage for the remainder of the season.

United claimed top spot after a 7-0 thrashing of Premiership new boys Barnsley on October 25th. Playing superb football United swept all before them through the autumn and early winter.

United brushed aside Chelsea, one of the main title contenders, at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the FA Cup 5-3, after a scintillating first half performance had seen them take a 3-0 lead. Sadly this was the peak and Arsenal's 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in March gave the Gunners the title momentum. Home draws with Liverpool and Newcastle a month later proved crucial as Arsenal took the title by a single point.

Monaco's David Trezeguet scored in the 6th minute of the Champions' League quarter final at Old Trafford, and although Ole Gunnar Solskjær equalised at the start of the second half, United couldn't find a winner. The clubs had drawn 0-0 in Monaco, who progressed on away goals.

United unveiled a new home kit for European games, and a new change kit.

Tommy Nielsen has discovered photographic evidence that Peter Scmeichel wore a short sleeved shirt, which we believe means he was the first United goalkeeper to do so, against Tottenham on August 10th. The 'keeper's shirt for the League Cup tie at Ipswich had no sleeve patches, nor did it have the player's name across the back of the shirt.

United continued to wear black shorts as part of their home kit to avoid colour clashes, as well as white socks. There were also variants of the change kit.