Season 2012/13
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United recaptured the Premier League title and appropriately the success, their 20th Championship, owed much to the summer purchase of Robin van Persie from Arsenal. After an opening day defeat at Goodison Park the Reds were quite brilliant and won 28 of their remaining 37 games. They reached the last sixteen of the Champions' League, but were beaten by Real Madrid after Nani's controversial dismissal at Old Trafford. The defeat dented their confidence and they struggled between then and the end of the season, although still finished with an eleven point margin over runners-up City.

Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement and the club moved quickly to appoint David Moyes as his successor. It was also revealed that Wayne Rooney had asked for a transfer towards the end of the season.

Chelsea ended United's interest in both domestic Cups at Stamford Bridge. Their 5-4 win in the League Cup was perhaps fortunate but they deserved their victory in the FA Cup replay after recovering from two early United goals at Old Trafford.

United had a new home kit, the gingham design supposedly represents both Manchester’s heritage as a textile centre and the club's working class roots and values, and a new change kit.

United's training kit was again sponsored by DHL, but for the final year. United bought out the remaining 2 years of the deal after negotiating the General Motor's sponsorship contract. Before the game at Anfield in September, the first Liverpool home game following the publication of the report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, United players wore a track suit top without the usual DHL sponsor branding and with the number 96 on the back.

Players warming up before the Premier League games over the weekend of October 20th 2012 were expected to wear a 'Kick it Out' T-shirt as part of the anti racism campaign. Several prominent players did not take part in protest at the perceived leniency shown by the FA to John Terry for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Rio, Anton's brother, was one.