Season 1998/99
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season


The Season in brief

United's unique treble winning season began badly. Beaten in the Charity Shield by Arsenal 3-0 and then at Highbury by a similar score, United were tenth in the Premiership towards the end of September. During the summer the club had spent nearly £30m in bringing Jesper Blomqvist, Jaap Stam and Dwight Yorke to Old Trafford.

By the spring of 1999 the investment was beginning to pay dividends. United topped the Premier League and had reached the semi-finals of both the F.A. Cup and Champions League. Ryan Giggs, whose last minute goal had earned a 1-1 draw in the semi final first leg against Juventus, scored a magnificent goal in the FA Cup replay against Arsenal to take United to Wembley. A week later one of United's greatest performances ever saw them win 3-2 in Turin after being 2-0 down in just 11 minutes.

On May 16th United came from behind again to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Old Trafford to claim the title. A week later they had a comfortable 2-0 win against Newcastle in the FA Cup Final. Only Bayern Munich stood between them and a historic treble. On Wednesday May 26th United became Champions of Europe with two injury time goals. A stunning climax to the season.

United had new home and third kits. They also wore a new design white sock with the change kit for most of the season. 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.

Standard Premier League sleeve patches were worn on shirts for all domestic games. In the Champions League teams were required to wear shorts with the player's squad number on the right leg,

United had two European Home goalkeeper kits; the first was worn in the club's Champions' League games in 1998, whilst the second was worn in 1999. A variant, with the sponsors nam in white, could well have been a manufacturing mistake, and was worn just once, in the tie at Internazionale. For the Champions' League qualifier in Lodz Peter Schmneicel wore the European change kit with the white socks from the 1997/98 European kit and tracksuit bottoms. In United's final pre-season tour game in Scandinavia against SK Brann Peter Schmeichel wore the 1997/98 home kit.