Season 2014/15
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

Louis van Gaal, United’s first foreign coach, arrived at Old Trafford after the Word Cup having guided the Netherlands to a place in the semi-finals.

Unlike twelve months ago the club had been active in the summer transfer window and had paid £30m for Southampton’s Luke Shaw, a world record fee for a teenager, and signed Anders Herrera, a long term target for David Moyes.

van Gaal added Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind but undoubtedly the major acquisitions were Angel Di Maria, for a club record £59.7m from Real Madrid, and Radamel Falcao, who arrived on loan from Monaco for the season. Neither impressed and United chose not to exercise the option of signing Falcao permanently at the end of the season whilst Di Maria’s future at the club was far from certain.

A string of players, including Macheda, Nani, Chicharito, Zaha and Kagawa left the club either permanently or on loan but perhaps Danny Welbeck’s move to Arsenal, for a ridiculously low £16m, was the most unexpected.

A succession of crippling injuries, particularly to defenders, disrupted van Gaal’s early months and with United struggling to make any impact in most games the coach eventually abandoned the 3-5-2 formation that he had introduced on the pre-season US tour. United’s football was, for the most part, poor; although they dominated possession in most matches they failed to create many scoring chances and their final tally of sixty-two goals was their lowest in the Premier League.

After their FA Cup quarter final defeat by Arsenal, United enjoyed a purple patch with stirring victories over Tottenham, City and at Anfield. The run propelled the club into the top four and Champions’ League qualification, van Gaal’s primary objective.

United's three new kits were revealed in July and were the first to feature the Chevrolet sponsorship. A simple bold design, the shirt included a hidden button in the collar and a label with the words "Youth, Couage, Greatness". Nike also included subtle chevron designs to the collar and back of the shirt.