Season: 1987/88

Original illustrations of all the kits worn during the 1987/88 season.

The season in brief ...

Ferguson had bought Viv Anderson and Brian McClair, the latter as replacement for Frank Stapleton at centre forward. United lost just five games all season and were the only side that posed a threat to Liverpool's continued dominance of the Championship. Despite an unbeaten run of ten games, eight of which were won, to end the season, United finished as runners up, some nine points adrift of their rivals. However the resilience that was later to become a trademark of Ferguson's United sides was demonstrated at Anfield on April 4th. Losing 3-1 United fought back for a 3-3 draw, Gordon Strachan scoring the equaliser in front of the Kop.

The League or F.A. Cup seemed to represent the club's best chance for a trophy, but they were beaten in the fifth round of both competitions; 2-0 at Oxford in the League Cup and 2-1 at Highbury in the F.A. Cup. As part of the Football League's Centenary United took part in the two day Mercantile Festival at Wembley. They were beaten in the semi-finals by Howard Wilkinson's Sheffield Wednesday.

All three of United's kits remained unchanged for the new season, with the exception of a white Red Devil rather than a club crest on the blue third shorts. All three shirts were available in both short and long sleeved versions. To avoid colour clashes the change black shorts were worn with the home shirt, and the home white shorts with the change shirt, on occasion. As was the case with the previous adidas replica kits, these were easily differentiated from the player shirts as they featured embossed (rather than embroidered) club crests and manufacturers logos.

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unitedkits kit 0895

Home Kit

Playing record: P34 W22 D8 L4 F61 A27

This kit was worn in the following matches:

19/8 Arsenal (h) 22/8 Watford (h) 31/8 Chelsea (h)
5/9 Coventry (a) 12/9 Newcastle U(h) 23/9 Hull C (h)
26/9 Tottenham (h) 3/10 Luton T (a) 7/10 Hull C (a)
17/10 Norwich C (h) 28/10 C Palace (h) 31/10 Nott'm F (h)
15/11 Liverpool (h) 18/11 Bury (a) 21/11 Wimbledon (a)
12/12 Oxford U (h) 28/12 Everton (h) 1/1 Charlton (h)
2/1 Watford (a) 16/1 Southampton (h) 20/1 Oxford U (a)
30/1 Chelsea (h) 6/2 Coventry C (h) 13/2 Chelsea (a)
23/2 Tottenham (a) 5/3 Norwich C (a) 12/3 Sheff Wed (h)
26/3 West Ham (h) 2/4 Derby C (h) 12/4 Luton T (h)
30/4 QPR (h) 2/5 Oxford U (a) 7/5 Portsmouth (h)
9/5 Wimbledon (h)        
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unitedkits kit 0897

Home Kit Variant

Playing record: P2 W1 D0 L1 F2 A2

This kit was worn in the following matches:

26/12 Newcastle U (a) 10/2 Derby C (a)    
unitedkits number 0897
unitedkits kit 0898

Home Kit Variant

Playing record: P5 W4 D0 L1 F11 A6

This kit was worn in the following matches:

19/9 Everton (a) 10/10 Sheff Wed (a) 5/12 QPR (a)
19/12 Portsmouth (a) 10/1 Ipswich T (a)    
unitedkits number 0898
unitedkits kit 0901

Home Kit Variant

Manchester International Tournament

This kit was worn in the following match:

4/8 Man City (a)        
unitedkits number 0901
unitedkits kit 0903

Change Kit

Playing record: P4 W1 D2 L1 F6 A6

This kit was worn in the following matches:

24/1 Arsenal (a) 20/2 Arsenal (a) 19/3 Nott'm F (a)
4/4 Liverpool (a)        
unitedkits number 0903
unitedkits kit 0905

Change Kit Variant

Playing record: P2 W1 D1 L0 F4 A2

This kit was worn in the following matches:

29/8 Charlton (a) 25/10 West Ham (a)    
unitedkits number 0905
unitedkits kit 0911

Third Kit

Playing record: P1 W0 D1 L0 F2 A2

This kit was worn in the following matches:

15/8 Southampton (a)        
unitedkits number 0911