Manchester United came into existence in 1902 after previous club Newton Heath L&YR FC were narrowly saved from being closed down as J.H Davies invested into the club. The name change arose from a board meeting where the members concluded that the club needed a fresh start. Manchester United's first home colours were green and yellow halved shirts where they officially switched to red shirts in 1902. With the club languishing in the second division, they eventually gained promotion to division one in 1906 with a second place finish. A season of consolidation followed before they won their first league title in 1908. The team’s early success continued with their first of many FA Cup’s being won in 1909 before another league title was claimed in 1911. In between, the club moved to their current home Old Trafford in 1910 and played their first match there against Liverpool where they lost 4-3 after being 3-0 ahead. However, that success in 1911 proved to be the last United won for 41 years as they underwent their longest ever period without a league title. The club yo-yoed between division one and two as football became interupted due to the two World Wars breaking out.
In 1945, Matt Busby was appointed as United manager. Busby demanded that he picked his own team, brought his own players and take training sessions. In those days, these activities all together were uncommon for football managers. Immediately under Busby, the club finished 2nd in the league three years in a row between 1947-49 along with winning the FA Cup in 1948. The league title was inevitable and United claimed their first one for 41 years in 1952 before winning it again in 1956 and 1957 with a team known as the “Busby Babes”. In 1957, they also became the first English team to compete in Europe and reached the semi finals before losing to Real Madrid.
However, in 1958, tragedy struck as a plane containing the United team crashed whilst attempting to take off killing eight team members and several of the coaching staff. Matt Busby miraculously recovered after being given the last rites several times. Jimmy Murphy took over briefly and led the team to a runners up medal in the FA Cup before Busby returned to lead them to a 2nd placed league finish in 1960. Busby looked to rebuild again throughout the 1960’s and players such as Dennis Law and George Best were recruited. Although they never reached the heights of the 1950’s side, this United team still managed to win the FA Cup in 1963 and two league titles in 1965 and 1967. Perhaps their most memorable achievement was winning their first European Cup in 1968 with a 4-1 victory over Benfica in the final. Busby eventually ended his spectacular reign with his resignation in 1969.
The Red Devils opt for a white and 'Bold Onix third shirt colour-way with unique shoulder panel graphics for 2016/17 football. After unveiling a trademark red home shirt and a nostalgic blue away strip, adidas have now completed Manchester United's kit range by releasing their latest third shirt [...]
As the current Premier League season comes to an end, numerous clubs have already or are set to showcase their all-new shirts for the upcoming 2016/17 campaign to give fans a look towards their team's future [...]
adidas take inspiration from United's 1968 European Cup success by composing a blue away shirt for 2016/17. Posing as one of the club's most unique away shirts within the past decade, adidas use a tonal blue base-coat to recreate a shirt of which not only brought the club huge success in 1968 how [...]