Season 2017/18
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

United brought in Victor Lindelof, a £31m signing from Benfica, Romelu Lukaku, signed from Everton for an initial fee of £75m and Nemnanja Matic, who completed a £40m move from Chelsea. Almost £10m was recouped with the sale of Adnan Januzaj to Real Sociedad. As expected Wayne Rooney left the club, rejoing Everton.

United's early season form was encouraging, with plenty of goals and seven clean sheets in the opening eight games. They were, however, unable to keep pace with Manchester City, whose victory at Old Trafford in mid-December extended their lead at the top of the table to eleven points. United gained revenge with a 3-2 victory at the Etihad, but the win merely postponed City's title celebrations. Much of United's football after Christmas had lacked flair and imagination, with many blaming the arrival of Alexis Sanches from Arsenal, in a part exchange deal for Mkhitaryan, for unbalancing the team.

United's defence of the League Cup was ended by a last minute winner at Bristol City in the quarter-final. Straight-forward wins over Derby, Yeovil, Huddersfield and Brighton set up an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham. Despite losing an early goal, United came back to win the tie. They were beaten in the Final, the club's twentieth, by Chelsea. In the Champions' League, having successfully qualified as group winners, they lost to a very ordinary Sevilla side in the round of sixteen.

adidas produced three new kit designs. The home kit was launched on July 3rd 2017. The shirt featured a new button-up collar, a homage to classic kits from the past, with the adidas three stripes across the shoulders. The sponsor's logo on the outfield player's shirt worn in the FA Cup Final was positioned lower than usual to make room for the match embroidery.

The change kit, based on the 1990-1992 change kit, had been launced on May 10th. A competition to design United's third kit was won by Aniello Carotenuto, and was launched on July 21st. The light grey shirt includes a silhouette of the 'Holy Trinity' statue. Confusingly, United registered the grey kit as their change with the Premier League, and the black kit as the third.