Season 2009/10
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United narrowly missed a fourth consecutive title and had to be content with the runners up spot, finishing just one point behind Chelsea.

Wayne Rooney, who hit 34 goals in the campaign and was the PFA Footballer of the Year, and Patrice Evra were the undoubted stars of the side, which of course lacked both Ronaldo, sold for £80m to Real Madrid and Carlos Tévez who joined City, both in the summer of 2009.

Amongst the highlights of the season were a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley to retain the League Cup and late winners in three games against City. For the most part, however, their football was more workmanlike than inspired although injuries, particularly in defence, refereeing blunders and on occasion mystifying tactical decisions, all contributed to an ultimately disappointing season.

It was perhaps best summed up during an eight day spell in April when United were beaten at Old Trafford by Chelsea and dumped out of the Champions League quarter finals by Bayern Munich.

United lost in the third round of the FA Cup, defeated 1-0 by Leeds at Old Trafford in January.

In the final year of the AIG sponsorship Nike brought out new designs for both United's home and change kits. Both kits featured a prominent V on the chest which Nike originally claimed took it's cue from United's kit worn when Old Trafford opened in February 1910. In fact the design echoed the shirt worn by United in the 1909 FA Cup Final.

Nike still produced long sleeved shirts, though most players favoured wearing a colour co-ordianted long sleeved vest. 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. In their 2009 European games the club continued to feature the World Champions patch in the middle of the shirt. The Premier League would not endorse its use in domestic competitions!

Many thanks to contributor Gajusz Kubasik who has compiled a match by match summary of the kits worn by United's keeper in 2009/10.