Season 2006/07
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

Spurred on by Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, who both scored twenty three goals, a repeat of United's historic treble of 1999 remained a real possibility at the beginning of May. After poor starts had undermined United's previous two campaigns they began 2006/07 in blistering form, scoring four without reply in the first twenty minutes of the opening game against Fulham. Few sides could live with their attacking options, Arsenal, who completed a League 'double' over the Reds, being the obvious exceptions. United went to the top of the League at the end of September and stayed there for the remainder of the season. Chelsea finished as runners up some six points behind.

In the Champions League the undoubted highlight was the 7-1 demolition of AS Roma at Old Trafford in the quarter finals. In the semis they managed a 3-2 win against AC Milan courtesy of an injury time winner from Rooney. Defensive lapses in the return in the San Siro, as well as the individual brilliance of Kaka, gave Milan an easy 3-0 victory.

Middlesbrough provided United with the toughest opposition on the way to yet another F.A. Cup Final - the first at the new Wembley Stadium. Didier Drogba's goal four minutes from the end of extra time was enough to win the Cup for Chelsea.

United negotiated a record breaking sponsorship deal with AIG in the wake of Vodafone's decision to end their sponsorship. Nike produced new classically designed home and change kits with prominent club crests.

A MUFC motif was included at the bottom of the front of the home shirt but because the club had not included this detail in their submission to ether the Premier League or UEFA, the motif had to be taped over. The infringement was ignored by the Premier League as the season progressed but not by UEFA. See the article on European variant kits.

The previous season's change kit became the third kit for 2006/07 with AIG replacing Vodafone as shirt sponsor. Premier League sleeve patches were again worn on shirts for all domestic games. 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.