Season 1999/2000
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season


The Season in brief

United competed in the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup in Brazil but failed to progress beyond the group stage, largely undone by the skill of Romario (again). They did, however, win the Intercontinental Cup, beating Palmeiras 1-0 in Tokyo. Their defence of the European Cup ended in the quarter finals, beaten narrowly by Real Madrid.

United retained the Premiership title at a canter finishing a massive eighteen points clear of Arsenal. Unbeaten in their opening nine League games before a 5-0 reversal at Stamford Bridge. They ended the season by winning 15 of their final 19 League games securing the title with four games to spare.

United had a new change kit and yet another new third kit, although after wearing the latter in the Charity Shield opener, the kit wasn't used again. The club badge on both the shirt and shorts on the European kit now included two gold stars.

There were a number of variants worn during the season by United's 'keepers, most notably in the game against Arsenal in January. The kick off was delayed to allow Bosnich to change his shirt, which was too similar to that of the Arsenal team. In the first half he wore a long sleeved grey T-shirt and in the second, a 1994-1996 home shirt obtained from the club souvenir shop. The episode is included in the RTÉ report of the game.

In the Premier League at Spurs, Bosnich wore white socks with a red trim (from the 1998/99 change kit). In the Worthington Cup tie at Villa Park his shirt had the 'Sharp Digital' logo, and he wore the white European socks. In all four of his appearances for United, Tiabi wore black track suit bottoms in preference to shorts.

In the pre season tour game for the Sharp Challenge Trophy against Australia, Bosnich wore the change kit from 1998/99 with "www.beapartofit.com" sleeve patches. For the friendly against South China in Hong Kong a week or so later Bosnich wore the long sleeved change kit (without the Umbro flashes on the shoulder) but with the sleeves cut above the elbow. The shirt also featured the Sharp Challenge Trophy patches. Against Shanghai, Van der Gouw wore the long-sleeved green goalkeeper shirt with the Umbro flashes, sleeve patches and the socks from the outfield third kit.