Season 2018/19
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

José Mourinho had to be content with the arrivals of Diogo Dalot (£19.1m), Fred (£47m), and reserve 'keeper Lee Grant (£1.5m) during the summer. His predictions that United's squad was not strong enough soon proved to be correct, with three defeats by the end of September realistically ending any hopes of the Premier League title. Although United qualified from their Champions' League group, a 3-1 defeat at Anfield left the side nineteen points behind the leaders and resulted in Mourinho's dismissal. He was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, initially appointed as caretaker manager but given a three-year contract on March 28th. He was assisted by Michael Carrick, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna.

Solskjaer had an immediate effect with the players responding to his positive managerial philosophy. United won the first eight games under Solskjaer, and he led the club to the quarter finals in both the FA Cup and the Champions' League, the latter after a dramatic 3-1 win at PSG after losing the home leg. A top four finish looked probable until United's form suddenly collapsed. They managed just one win in their final seven League games and had to be content with a final finish of sixth.

On July 12th, United announced a five year sleeve sponsorship deal with the US company Kohler reprtedly worth £20m per season, a new world record.

adidas produced three new kit designs. The home kit was launched on July 17th 2017. According to adidas the shirt was inspired by the railway workers of Newton Heath. The black shorts were a break with tradition, and not well received by supporters. Buying the full adult kit from United's online store cost almost £135.

The club's pink change kit was launched on August 27th, although replica versions didn't go on sale until September 13th. The blue third kit had been launched in May. In the Champions' League, United registered the blue third kit as their second choice kit, with the pink change kit as their third choice.

The socks had two component parts; a base sock for the foot and a seperate sleeve for the legs. Some players elected to wear the sleeves with white sports socks. The sock sleeves in the goalkeeper change and third kits have no United branding, and can be regarded as Teamwear.