Season 2000/01
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United won a third consecutive Premiership title and Alex Ferguson became the first manager to achieve this feat. United dominated the Premiership from the start and were seldom off top spot after the 6-0 drubbing of Bradford City in early September. By the end of January they had a fifteen point advantage over Arsenal, who were destroyed 6-1 at Old Trafford in late February. Dwight Yorke hit a hat trick in just 19 first half minutes. The defeat remained Arsene Wenger's worst in his time at Arsenal until he brought his team to Old Trafford in 2011.

In Europe the club reached the Champions League quarter finals for a fifth consecutive season but lost both legs against Bayern Munich, for whom Stefan Effenberg was magnificent. The team were beaten in the fourth round of both the League Cup (at Sunderland 2-1) and the F.A. Cup (1-0 to West Ham at Old Trafford).

United's sponsorship deal with Vodafone began at the start of the new season. As a consequence all three kits were changed, although the previous season's third kit was 'promoted' to the change kit albeit with the new sponsors emblazoned on the front. Premier League Champion sleeve patches were again worn on shirts for all domestic games. Unlike previous or future seasons, they plainly stated "Champions" and did not include the year.

Fabien Barthez favoured a short sleeved shirt throughout his time at Old Trafford, although even he succumbed to long sleeved shirts during the winter months. Indeed for most of the Champions' League games this season he wore long sleeved shirts although we know he wore a short sleeved shirt for the game in Valencia. The short sleeved third kit was worn only in pre-season and did not feature the Premier League sleeve patches.

Two styles of black socks were worn as part of the home and change kits: one was plain black whilst the other had a white Umbro diamond logo on the rear. Unfortunately there does not appear to be any pattern to which of the designs were worn, although the pair with the Umbro logo were mostly worn in European games. In United's Premier League game at the Stadium of Light, Barthez wore white socks with the home kit to avoid clashing with Sunderland's black socks.