Season 2011/12
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

Lapses in concentration, inconsistency and injuries to key players, notably Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley, blighted United's season.

The arrival of Ashley Young and Phil Jones along with the emergence of Cleverley and Danny Welbeck brought a youthful look to United's side, but perhaps the most surprising signing was Paul Scholes who came out of retirement in January.

United mauled Arsenal 8-2 at Old Trafford, the Gunner's worst League defeat in over a century, but then lost to City 6-1 after being reduced to ten men and conceding three goals in a bizarre closing five minutes. The title race went to the wire with City scoring two decisive injury time goals on the final day to clinchj three points, and although United had had a five point lead with five games remaining, they were Champions.

Youthful naivety saw United fail to qualify from their Champions' League group phase; a home draw with Basel after United had taken a commanding 2-0 led by half time proving critical.

There was little cheer in the domestic Cup competitions. Beaten by Crystal Palace in the League Cup at Old Trafford, and at Anfield in the F.A. Cup, after a thrilling 3-2 win at City in the third round. Chelsea ended the club's involvement in the F.A. Youth Cup at the semi-final stage.

Nike produced new home and change kits to general acclaim with the previous season's change kit adopted as the third kit. The shirts had the word "Relentless" embroidered on the inside of the shirt under the club badge.

United broke new ground when they announced they had negotiated a sponsorship deal of their training kit. The four year deal, which excluded Champions' League games, with DHL was worth a reputed £10m a year. The sponsored training kit was worn for the first time before the Premier League game against Tottenham.

Many thanks to contributor Gajusz Kubasik who has compiled a match by match summary of the kits worn by United's keeper in 2011/12.