With all the latest pictures flying around the interweb of next season’s United kit, here at Redflagflyinghigh we thought it only fitting we should take a look at the kits from the Sir Alex era that have made us actually consider supporting another team for the season.
We all know the kits we’re talking about, the ones that make you feel slightly sick whenever you see your beloved team take the field in them, kits so bad that dressing your kids in them seems liable to cause a visit from a social worker.
There’s been some great United kits over the years, but theres also been some terrible ones, here’s our own top five.
5. Season 93-94 goalkeeping kit.
It may have been the season that gave us arguably the greatest starting XI in Manchester United history but it was also the period that gave birth to a goalkeeping top so hideous, you have to wonder whether it was Peter Schmeichel’s prowess or the sheer vulgarity of his shirt that made so many strikers miss one on ones.
4. Seasons 1995-97 Away kit
I remember actually buying this kit and thinking it was cool, with the former players names printed into the fibre, although I was young and foolish and also remember the sinking feeling when on holiday in Kos some Geordie asked me, in all seriousness “are you a Wednesday fan like?” Awful.
3. 2001-02 Reversible Gold kit. To mark 100 years as Manchester United the club decided to release one of the most vile kits in that entire centennial with the sort of gaudy monstrosity that wouldn’t have looked out of place at a Liberace concert. This reversible number was actually okay if you wore it as the white one, but the gold kit was terrible and should have only been worn by the team for behind closed doors games, when the cameras weren’t working.
2. 1990-92 away kit. I’d only just fully started appreciating Manchester United and the intricacies of football when the club unleashed this debacle upon us, a kit so bad its a wonder I didn’t decide to become a cricket fan instead. The site of Mickey Phelan sporting the sort of moustache that wouldn’t look out of place in modern day Merseyside, strolling around the pitch shouting at anyone who’d listen while wearing this creation, gave me nightmares for the next two decades.
1. 1995-96 season away kit. It takes a special kind of kit to be so bad, it actually gets substituted at half-time yet this is exactly what happened to this atrocity (exhibition) in a game at the Dell. Lee Sharpe remembers:
I’m not sure if any of the players mentioned the kit. Personally I felt that we were playing really poorly, and that we couldn’t really blame anything or anyone but ourselves. Having said that, it was a bit tricky to see players. It was all right if you had a bit of time to look up and see what was happening, but you didn’t see much if you only had time to glance. I think the weather had something to do with it too – the fact that it was so bright made our dull grey harder to make out.
Anyway, I don’t think anyone had time to complain. The manager just stormed in and said: “Get that kit off, you’re getting changed.” Those were the first words he said at half-time. I don’t think he liked the shirt anyway – our results had been poor whenever we wore it, and we certainly never played in it again.
United lost four and drew one game in the four and a half they played in the now infamous grey
kit, a record almost as bad as the kit’s colour scheme.
Have I missed any out of my ‘top five’ or have I been overly harsh on the ones I’ve chosen? Feel free to comment, suggest and abuse below: