Season 2015/16
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

Although United won the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in an uninspiring Final, this was an instantly forgettable season.

The summer had seen a flurry of transfer activity as Louis van Gaal began rebuilding the squad. Evans, di Maria, Chicharito, Nani, van Persie, Rafael, Cleverley, Lingaard and Falcao all left the club. He spent over £100m (net £35m) to bring in Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Bastain Schweinsteiger. The biggest story during the transfer window, however, was the last minute collapse of de Gea's move to Real Madrid.

Only Martial justified his large fee, and United struggled to produce anything like fluent, attacking football. Heavily criticised by ex-players, fans and pundits alike for their lack of ambition and pace, watching United was a chore rather than a pleasure. Van Gaal's plans were undoubtedly upset by an appalling run of injuries, the most serious of which was Luke Shaw's broken leg in September that kept him out of the side for the remainder of the season.

A disastrous run in December saw United drop out of the top four, and fail to qualify from a very ordinary group in the Champions' League. Hardly a week passed without press rumours of van Gaal's imminent sacking and the appointment of Jose Mourinho, yet somehow United produced a result when it was most needed.

The highlight of the season was the emergence of several youngsters from the under-21 team. Marcus Rashford grabbed most of the headlines after scoring two goals against FC Midtjylland on his debut, but Guillermo Valera, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, all deserve special mention.

The new adidas home kit was launched on August 1st 2015 to widespread approval from United fans. Indeed sales of the shirt from the club's Megastore on the opening day were more than double the previous record. On August 11th the new change kit was revealed with replicas available for purchase three days later. Finally on August 28th came the third kit, which the club announced would be worn in away ties in the Champions' League.