Season 2016/17
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

Louis van Gaal was sacked less than forty-eight hours after guiding United to the FA Cup. Four days later Jose Mourinho was appointed the club's new manager on a three-year contract commencing on July 4th.The appointment signalled the end of Ryan Gigg's twenty-nine year assocaion with United.

Strengthened by the summer signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the return of Paul Pogba, signed for a world record fee of £89m, United started the season by lifting the Community Shield, and winning their opening three Premier League games. Unfortunately only one more win in their next six games, a run that ended in a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, seriously undermined their title aspirations.

An incredible unbeaten run of 25 League games followed, which was a new club record in a single season. However, as twelve of these games were drawn, United remained outside the top four. They eventually finished sixth.

Mourinho became the first manager in Unitred's history to win a trophy in his first season, when United beat Southampton in the EFL Cup Final in February. He also led the club to their first ever Europa League Final. Two days after a tragic terrorist outrage in Manchester, United, depleted by injuries and suspension, beat Ajax 2-0 with goals from Pogba and Mkhitaryan in the Friends Arena, Stocholm.

United's defence of the FA Cup ended in a narrow defeat in the 6th round at Chelsea 1-0.

adidas produced new home, change and third kits; unusually the announcement of the change kit was made before the 2015/16 season had ended. The home shirt featured two distinct halves joined down the centre with a honeycomb graphic inspired by the worker bee. The kit was launched in Shanghai on July 23rd, and was to be have been worn for the first time against City two days later. That game, of course, was cancelled. The honeycomb pattern is repeated across the shoulderrs and on the sleeves of the third kit, which was launched on July 29th.