Season 2004/05
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

2004/05 was the most significant season for many years with the takeover of the club by US millionaire Malcolm Glazer. Glazer gained control of the club on May 12th 2005 and de-listed them from the stock exchange in June. His takeover was funded not from his personal fortune but by loans that saddled the club with a reported debt of £540 million.

The season began with United, strengthened by the arrivals of Alan Smith, Gabriel Heinze and Wayne Rooney, in poor form and by the end of October they already trailed Champions elect Chelsea by nine points. Their form recovered and they played some scintillating football but too often failed to convert the chances they created and were never serious title contenders.

The FA Cup Final provided a microcosm of their season. United dominated possession, created chance after chance but were unable to score. In contrast their opponents, Arsenal, hardly had a shot in the two hours but held their nerve and won the penalty shoot out 5-4.

For the second successive season United went out of the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage, beaten in both legs by AC Milan.

United had a new design for their home kit, but both the change and third kits remained unchanged, except for the Premier League sleeve patches that no longer proclaimed United as Champions. They 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 both the change and third kits. White socks with a black top were preferred with the change kit, although the previous season's predominately black socks were worn twice, both times against Southampton.

There were several variations of home and change kit combinations worn bu United's goalkeepers too! For the Champions League game in Milan, Tim Howard wore the change shirt together with shorts and socks from the home kit. In the League Cup semi-final first leg he wore the home shirt with shorts and socks from the change kit. Roy Carroll wore the standard home kit for the League game at Highbury in February, which in common with the outfield players' shirts, included the "Stand Up Speak up" patch.