Season 2013/14
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

The post Ferguson era at United began on July 1st with the arrival of David Moyes, together with most of his back-room staff, from Everton.

The departure of Chief Executive David Gill in the summer had made Moyes' task even more difficult. He failed to sign any of his reported targets in the summer transfer window, which at times bordered on the farcical. On transfer deadline day the club paid £27.5million for Everton's Marouane Fellaini, and Moyes added Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club record fee of £37.1million the following January.

On the pitch United, who had failed to impress in their pre-season games, won the Community Shield but made a poor start to the Premier League campaign and were beaten at Anfield and then at the Etihad.

By January a succession of home defeats had left United out of the title race and both domestic Cup competitions, although they had at least reached the semi-finals in the Capital One Cup. Humiliating defeats by arch rivals Liverpool and Manchester City and defeat in the Champions' League quarter-final effectively ended the season in early April. Moyes was sacked on April 22nd with Ryan Giggs taking temporary charge. Moyes could point to injuries to key players, especially van Persie, but too often his United sides lacked pace, guile or passion. The return to form of Wayne Rooney, who signed a new long term contract, de Gea's goalkeeping, Darren Fletcher's recovery and the emergence of Adnan Janujaz were the only positives in a disastrous season.

Nike produced new designs for the home and change kits which were both launched in the summer of 2013. On the inside of the home shirt neck is a woven label featuring a red devil, 'Striving for Glory'. Last season's black and gray gingham check design is included under the collar and on the twin side vents on the hem of the shirt. The change kit, launched on the club's pre-season tour at Osaka Castle, features a bigger, bolder gingham check. According to Nike the gingham check represents Manchester’s proud industrial past when the check was produced in the city’s booming cotton mills in the 18th century.