Football shirts are undoubtedly the second skin of most fans, proudly displaying the colours of the teams they support, and this is certainly the case for those who support Manchester United. Still the most successful club in English football history, despite their lack of silverware in recent years, nothing can diminish the fond memories of previous triumphs.
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As we focus our attention towards two classic Manchester United shirts, the odds were firmly stacked against the Red Devils, through the seasons in which they were worn. Yet no matter the difficulties involved, and the low probabilities of the successes ultimately achieved, those teams persevered and forged unforgettable memories.
1984-85 FA Cup Victory
In the middle of the 1980s during a remarkably successful period for Liverpool, their neighbours Everton also won two league titles, completing a dominant Merseyside duopoly in the middle of the decade. Manchester United fans could only look on with envious eyes, although the Red Devils were able to boost morale in the FA Cup, and savour important wins against both of their bitter North West rivals.
During the 1984-85 season, United enjoyed a memorable run in the competition. After being held 2-2 at Old Trafford, the team coached by Ron Atkinson beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes. Before 100,000 fans at Wembley, despite being reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Kevin Moran, they went on to secure a dramatic late victory against Everton in the FA Cup final.
Deep into extra time, Norman Whiteside gathered the ball and kept going down the right flank, cutting into the area with a neat stepover, before firing home a memorable winner just inside the post. Manchester United fans were delirious and for many, the shirt worn during this era remains one of their most cherished possessions. This was the last major trophy won before the arrival of Alex Ferguson, who transformed everything from then onwards.
Before the modern trend of changing kits every year, this Manchester United classic was used between 1984 and 1986, over two seasons. The white shoulder trim was a unique touch, while Adidas also gained extra credit, moving their logo to the sleeves and placing the club crest at the centre of the chest. To mark the 30th anniversary of this memorable 1985 FA Cup win, replicas of the shirt featured in the Adidas Originals collection.
1998-99 Treble Winning Campaign
Right at the summit of his legendary tenure as Manchester Unite manager, Alex Ferguson achieved something many pundits believed was impossible, guiding his team to what is often considered to be the ‘true’ treble of silverware. The Red Devils won the domestic Premier League and FA Cup double, before one of the most dramatic triumphs in Champions League history. In truth, the whole 1998-99 campaign had been filled with remarkable drama. Thanks to a tense 2-1 victory at Old Trafford against Spurs, this United team clinched the Premier League title on the final day of the season, just one point ahead of Arsenal. The FA Cup was won after a fabulous run, beating Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal along the way, before the relatively comfortable win against Newcastle United at Wembley in the final.
But what made this remarkable campaign all the more intriguing, Umbro came up with two different kit styles, and both were just as equally iconic. The first was designated for domestic football, featuring their logo across the shoulders and a zipper beneath the collar. The second was used exclusively during Champions League matches, more simple and elegant in design, again using a collar but combined with a short vee-neck beneath.
What also set the Champions League shirt apart was the club crest design, featuring a gold and silver shield background, paying homage to the 1968 European Cup final winners. Given that Manchester United had waited just over three decades for continental success, Umbro had created an instant classic, made all the more popular amongst fans after the spectacular final victory against Bayern Munich in Barcelona.