Season 2007/08
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

The arrival of Carlos Tévez on a two year loan had increased United's attacking options but the star player was undoubtedly Cristiano Ronaldo, who managed forty two goals in just 46 (+3 sub) appearances.The title race went to the last day of the season and, whilst Chelsea were held at home by Bolton, United won at Wigan 2-0 to retain the title; They should also have reached the FA Cup Final but for a series of poor refereeing decisions in their 6th round tie against Portsmouth.

In Europe United's performances were perfunctory rather than brilliant. A superb Paul Scholes strike in the the semi final second leg against Barcelonaset up the all English Final against Chelsea. Here Ronaldo gave United the lead but Frank Lampard equalised on the stroke of half time. The game was eventiually decided on penalties, with United taking the Cup for the third time in their history.

United's youth team was one of sixteen that competed in the inaugral Champions Youth Cup, held in Malaysia in mid August 2007. Brandy scored five minutes into the second half to give United a 1-0 win and the Cup!

Nike produced new home and change kits, retaining the previous season's change as a third kit, albeit with re-designed shorts. The shirts worn in pre-season and in the Champions League matches had the word MUFC printed just below the player's number on the broad white stripe on the back of the shirt.

The black shorts and socks in the goalkeeper third kit had a blue drawstring and a white devil motif on the socks, which differed from the details on the outfield players' kit, which were both red.

The replica home shirts had several differences from those worn by the players, notably a Theratre of Dreams patch on the front of the shirt and MUFC at the bottom of the white stripe on the back. Many thanks to Tufty from Stretford End Flags for this information.

The 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster was commemorated in the League game against Manchester City on February 10th. The minutes silence was respected impeccably by a crowd of almost 76,000. United's kits closely resembled their kit from 1957/58 and was without either the sponsors logos or player's names. The City kit does not feature the Le Coq Sportif logo but in place of it, a black ribbon with '1958-2008' on it and 'Manchester remembers' underneath. The sponsors logo was also absent. The Munich memorial kit was not made available as a replica shirt.