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The 1980's was a start of a new era, not just at United, but in English football, as football shirts had sponsorship names and logos across the front. Manchester United and Sharp started their strong partnership in 1982, one which would last for eighteen years. United stuck with the same colours throughout the 80's having the traditional red home strip, white away shirt, and blue third kit. There was little change in design throughout the decade with Adidas liking the v neck look. The most dramatic change was the 1984-86 shirts that saw United's badge move into the centre of the top and the Adidas logo appearing on the shirt sleeves. This design is still one of the fan's favourite United kits ever worn. On this page you can find every United shirt worn between 1980 to 1989.
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Mike Duxbury models the 1980 Manchester United kit

1980-1982 - Manchester United home shirt

Now you're talking! The Red Devils Souvenir Shop advertised all their Admiral stock at half price as United moved into a new era and a new kit designed by Adidas. For the 1980-81 season, the baggy white collar was back and the famous three Adidas stripes were added to each arm in white, and on each side of the pleated shorts in red. The Adidas logo replaced Admiral on the chest. The number on the back was stencilled white and red, in true '80's style, although this was changed to a bold white half way through the season for some reason.

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Kevin moran models the 1980 Manchester United away strip.

1980-1982 - Manchester United away shirt

A superb kit by Adidas. An adaptation of the Admiral black and white away kit from the previous seasons. The famous Adidas three stripes were placed on both sides of the kit quite interestingly underneath, rather than on top of, each arm. White stripes on black shorts added to the effect, especially when the players had their arms raised high when requesting crosses from Lou Macari or Steve Coppell. The middle of the club badge was coloured red.

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Arthur Albiston wears the Manchester United third kit in 1980

1980-1981 - Manchester United third kit

Dave Sexton's United visited Southampton, Stoke and Sunderland in this wonderful royal blue kit. With three blue stripes down the side of the pleated white shorts, the jersey interestingly didn't feature the famous Adidas stripes. Worn with black and blue socks.

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new signing Bryan Robson wearing the 1981 Manchester United third kit

1981-1982 - Manchester United third kit

United's 1981-82 visit to Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland, with new manager Ron Atkinson, now included those elusive three Adidas white stripes on the sleeves.

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Arnold Muhren models the brand new 1982 Manchester United jersey

1982-1983 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1982-83 season heralded the beginning of a new era. United's shirts were now sponsored by Japanese electronics giant, Sharp. The brand new Adidas kit also featured a shiny thin lining on the front and new V necked white collars and cuffs with red and black edges. The white 'Sharp' and black 'Electronics' words were removed for European and other Cup games, including the 1983 FA Cup Final 4-0 thrashing of Brighton.

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Ashley Grimes models the brand new 1982 Manchester United away jersey

1982-1983 - Manchester United away shirt

The 1982-83 also saw a brand new white away strip complete with shiny lining. The famous adidas three stripes were in black whilst the black V necked collar and cuffs had white and red edges. Worn with black shorts and white or black socks. Again, the red Sharp logo was removed for European and Cup games, including the 1983 League Cup Final defeat to Liverpool.

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Arthur Albiston models the brand new 1982 Manchester United third choice jersey

1982-1983 - Manchester United third kit

The 1982-83 third choice kit saw the third blue kit in as many years. Complete with shiny lining and white adidas three stripes on the arms, the white V necked collar and white cuffs also included a red and black edge. Worn with blue or white shorts and blue or black socks.

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Norman Whiteside models the amended 1983 Manchester United strip

1983-1984 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1983-84 season witnessed a subtle change to the home shirt, with the advertising slogan 'Sharp Electronics' being cut down to just 'Sharp'. They wore the same shirt (with sponsors name) for European and Cup matches, including the classics against Juventus and Barcelona. The rest of the kit stayed the same. The previous season's jersey was worn by the likes of Hughes, McGrath and Blackmore in the Reserves and Juniors matches.

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Norman Whiteside models the amended 1983 Manchester United away kit

1983-1984 - Manchester United away shirt

The 1983-84 season also saw a minor adjustment to the away kit. United kicked off the season wearing white by beating Liverpool 2-0 in the Charity Shield. For the match the 'Sharp' slogan was in black. For league games 'Sharp' was written in red.

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Norman Whiteside models the slightly amended 1983 Manchester United third choice kit

1983-1984 - Manchester United third kit

The 1983-84 third choice kit was the same as the 1982-83 kit, with the 'Electronics' word removed.

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Bryan Robson models the new Adidas kit for 1984

1984-1986 - Manchester United home shirt

Yet another season - yet another kit! And to think people kick up a fuss nowadays! The 1984-85 kit was a United classic, made famous for that amazing 1-0 FA Cup Final victory over a treble chasing Everton side. The design by Adidas was radical. The United logo was moved to the centre, the manufacturer's logo was moved to the sleeves and a touch of white, lined in black, was the main attraction below each shoulder. Red, white and black V necked collar and cuffs. The shorts featured thin red stipes as well as the famous Adidas three stripes in red at the side.

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Graeme Hogg models the 1984 Manchester United away kit

1984-1986 - Manchester United away shirt

The new away kit from the 1984-85 season was the same design as the home kit. White shirt with black lined in red below the shoulders, red, white and black V necked collar and cuffs, and 'Sharp' written in red. Black shorts with three red stripes and whites socks. Will forever be remembered for that amazing Maine Road FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool.

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Mark Hughes models the wonderful 1984 third choice Manchester United kit

1984-1986 - Manchester United third kit

The 1984-85 third choice kit was popular with fans. An all blue strip with red and white and black V necked collar and cuffs. The white below the shoulders was lined in red. White Adidas three stripes on the shorts and socks.

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Bryan Robson and new signing Brian McClair show off the United kit worn between 1986 and 1988

1986-1988 - Manchester United home shirt

The 1986-87 not only heralded the arrival of Alex Ferguson, but also the introduction of a new kit. Adidas reverted back to their famous three white stripes on the arms, lined in black. In fact the only major differences from the kit seen in 1982 was the glossy material which showed off the Adidas logo and diagonal stripes when held in a certain light. White pleated shorts with three red stripes lined in black and a little red devil logo were complimented by impressive black socks with a black Adidas logo on white halfway up.

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Colin Gibson wears the 1986 Manchester United away kit

1986-1988 - Manchester United away shirt

The new white away kit for the 1986-87 season had three red stripes with black lining on the arms and also on the black shorts. White socks with black in the middle. 'Sharp' written in red. The same shiny hidden pattern design was applied.

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Norman Whiteside celebrates with Bryan Robson after scoring at Southampton in the 1987 season's third choice kit

1986-1988 - Manchester United third kit

The 1986-87 third choice all blue kit was only worn at Southamnpton. With white adidas three stripes on the arms and shorts, the red and black V necked collar was consistent with the home and away kits. 'Sharp' was written in white.

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Mark Hughes returns to United in the 1988 home shirt

1988-1990 - Manchester United home shirt

Adidas made very little changes to the design for the 1988-89 strip, except for the white bands at the top of the sleeves (on front and back) and a new-style cross-over collar. The shiny 'hidden' diagonals were replaced with thicker 'hidden' straight lines. This less than memorable kit was worn by Lee Martin when he scored the winner against Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup Final.

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Mark Hughes returns to United

1988-1990 - Manchester United away shirt

The white away kit for the 1988-89 season had a black bands at the top of each arm (on the front and back of the shirt) as well as a red 'cross-over' collar and the Adidas three stripes on the arms and black or white shorts in red.

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Clayton Blackmore celebrates scoring against Arsenal in the all new blue kit

1988-1990 - Manchester United third kit

The 1988-89 third choice all blue kit had white bands at the top of each arm on the front and back of the shirt. It also had three white stripes down each arm and on the shorts.

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