Season 2008/09
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United not only retained the Premier League title, becoming the first team to win three consecutive titles on two occasions, they won the FIFA Club World Cup, League Cup and Cristiano Ronaldo was voted both European and World Footballer of the Year. His strike at Porto was voted FIFA Goal of the Year for 2009 (aka the Puskas Award).

When United flew out to Japan for the Club World Cup just before Christmas they stood third in the Premiership, but had faced all of the main title contenders away. On January 17th Berbatov's last minute winner at Bolton took the side to the top of the table on goal difference above Liverpool (who'd led United by 8 points towards the end of November). Although their form wobbled during April, a goal less draw with Arsenal on May 16th gave United the point required for the title.

In Europe Porto provided the toughest opposition as United again reached the Champions League final. After a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal in the return to set up an all English semi final against Arsenal. The Gunners were outplayed at Old Trafford but only lost 1-0. It was different at the Emirates with United rampant in a 3-1 win. The Final probably featured the two best sides in Europe, but on the night United were no match for Barcelona or Lionel Messi, and were beaten 2-0.

United's home kit remained unchanged although there were new change and third kits. As in the previous season the shirts worn in the Champions League and in the FIFA Club World Cup matches had the word MUFC printed just below the player's number on the broad white stripe on the back of the shirt.

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. Premier League Champion sleeve patches were again worn on shirts for all domestic games. Following their success in the FIFA Club World Cup, United's European kits in 2009 featured a World Champions patch in the middle of the shirts. The Premier League refused permission for United to wear the patch in domestic games.

Many thanks to contributor Gajusz Kubasik who has compiled a match by match summary of the kits worn by United's keeper in 2008/09.